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Viewers must note that all of the following rules and procedures are subject to change at the sole discretion of NBCUniversal Media, LLC and Marathon Productions, Inc. ("Producer").

1. Voting Availability:

"America's Got Talent" voting is open to all persons located in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Internet voting will be open to people 13 years of age or older.

Internet voting will be available on the following dates and times:

Show date Voting window START TIME (ET) Voting window END TIME (ET)
7/12/2011 10.55pm Tues 6am Wed ET
7/19/2011 10.55pm Tues 6am Wed ET
7/26/2011 10.55pm Tues 6am Wed ET
8/2/2011 10.55pm Tues 6am Wed ET
8/9/2011 10.55pm Tues 6am Wed ET
8/16/2011 10.55pm Tues 6am Wed ET
8/23/2011 10.55pm Tues 6am Wed ET
8/30/2011 10.55pm Tues 6am Wed ET
9/6/2011 10.55pm Tues 6am Wed ET
9/13/2011 9.55pm Tues 5am Wed ET

Voting is also available via toll-free phone lines and AT&T sponsored SMS. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Voting will open 5 minutes before the end of the show in each broadcast region and will close 2 hours after the end of the show (subject to broadcast times and time zones). Voting times for toll-free phone lines and AT&T SMS are as follows:

All vote shows except 9/13/11:
Eastern/ Puerto Rico 10.55pm ET - 1am ET (next day)
Central 9.55pm CT - 12 Mid CT
Mountain 9.55pm MT - 12 Mid MT
Pacific 10.55pm PT - 1am PT (next day)
Alaska - Fairbanks DMA 9:55pm AT - 12 Mid AT
Hawaii (own feed) 9.55pm HT - 12 Mid HT
Arizona (own feed) 9.55pm PT - 12 Mid PT
9/13/11 show:
Eastern/ Puerto Rico 9.55pm ET - 12 Mid ET
Central 8.55pm CT - 11pm CT
Mountain 8.55pm MT - 11pm MT
Pacific 9.55pm PT - 12 Mid PT
Alaska - Fairbanks DMA 8:55pm AT - 11pm AT
Hawaii (own feed) 8.55pm HT - 11pm HT
Arizona (own feed) 8.55pm PT - 11pm PT

All times are local to the location listed.

Limit ten (10) votes per originating phone number via toll-free phone lines, ten (10) votes per originating phone number via SMS and ten (10) votes per email address via online. The Producer reserves the right to change the limit on the number of votes that may be made from each originating telephone number or email address, in the Producer's sole discretion.

2. How to Vote:

2.1. Toll-free. To cast a vote using the toll-free phone numbers, at the end of the show simply dial the toll-free numbers displayed on screen during the show relating to your contestant of choice (For example, call 1-866-60-AGT-01 / 1-866-602-4801 for Contestant 1). If you are calling during your valid vote window you will hear a message thanking you for your vote. There is no cost for voting via the toll-free number if you are calling from a landline. If you are calling from a cell phone, airtime and applicable roaming charges will apply. You may only vote up to 10 times per originating telephone number. Any calls made after your 10th call will NOT be counted, regardless of the fact that the audio message will still thank you for your vote. Outside of active voting windows, you will hear a busy signal or local carrier error message, and your call will not count as a vote. A vote window is determined by the time zone (as defined above) applicable to your phone area code. Calls from payphones will be blocked, so to vote, use a standard landline or cell phone instead.

Power dialing occurs when individuals unfairly influence the outcome of the voting system by generating significant blocks of votes using technical enhancements. Producer will have in place monitoring procedures designed to prevent this type of occurrence on America's Got Talent. If Producer believes that power-dialing or block voting attempts were made, it reserves the right to remove these votes from the final tally. Note that these monitoring procedures apply to online voting and AT&T SMS as well as toll-free.

2.2. AT&T SMS/Text Messaging. In order to text vote, you must:

  • - Provide your own wireless device capable of 2-way messaging and
  • - Be an AT&T wireless service subscriber with text messaging service.

To vote via text, send the keyword VOTE to the 4 digit short code relating to your contestant of choice, as shown on the weekly performance episode of "America's Got Talent" each week. For example, send the keyword VOTE to 4801 for contestant 1 or send the keyword VOTE to 4802 for contestant 2. Message and data rates may apply. To cancel, text STOP, QUIT, CANCEL, END or UNSUBSCRIBE to any 4 digit short code relating to America's Got Talent. To get help with voting by SMS, Text HELP to any 4 digit short code relating to America's Got Talent, call Telescope customer service at 1-888-782-2180, or email info@telescope.tv You will receive a confirmation text message for each valid vote. Only votes received in a valid vote window (a vote window is determined by the time zone as defined above) applicable to your cellular phone area code will be counted. If you send a text message vote outside of the valid vote window, you'll get a text message back letting you know that voting is closed. You may vote up to ten (10) times per originating phone number via SMS text messaging. Any vote attempts above 10 will not be counted as valid. Message and Data Rates May Apply.

2.3. Online voting. If you are 13 years of age or older, you may also vote online up to 10 times per email address. Log on to NBC.com, follow the links to vote, and enter the registration details. To register, you will need to provide your e-mail address, confirm you are 13 years of age or older, and confirm your acceptance of the terms and conditions. After you have registered, enter your vote choice where prompted. You may vote up to 10 times per email address during the active online vote window. Any vote attempts above 10 per e-mail address will not be counted as valid.

You will have the opportunity to receive promotional materials from NBC.com if you are 13 years of age or older by clicking the opt-in box. Information collected from entrants is subject to the NBC Universal Privacy Policy (www.nbc.com).

For full information on how to vote using each voting method, please refer to the FAQs section on NBC.com.

3. Cost of Voting:

3.1. Toll-free voting. Voting using the toll-free numbers is free from landline telephones. If you are calling from a cell phone, airtime and applicable roaming charges will apply. If you attempt to vote more than 10 times from the same phone number, you will continue to hear the "Thanks for voting" message, although your votes above 10 will not count. Moreover, if you call from a cell phone, you will continue to be charged normal airtime and any applicable roaming charges.

3.2. SMS/text message voting. Voting via text message is available only to AT&T subscribers. Message and Data rates may apply. If you have a text messaging plan the text messages you send will count toward your text messaging plan. If you exceed your text message plan, then standard text message rates will apply to any text messages sent outside of the allotted text messages that are covered under your plan. If you have an unlimited text messaging plan, then you will not incur any additional charges when texting to vote. Please consult your AT&T wireless contract or service guide regarding how much you will be charged for your standard rate text messages. Message and Data Rates May Apply.

3.3. Internet voting. Internet voting costs are subject to standard access charges.

4. Disclaimers:

Marathon Productions, Inc., FremantleMedia N.A., Inc., Simco Limited, NBCUniversal Media, LLC and/or Telescope, Inc. and their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated entities and persons (collectively, the "Administrators") are not responsible for and shall not be liable for lost, incomplete, late, damaged, misdirected or incomplete text messages; difficulties, failures or malfunctions of phones (including wireless phones/handsets), phone lines or telephone systems or other communications malfunctions; cellular equipment towers, telephone systems or wireless services; interrupted or unavailable networks or servers; miscommunications, failed computer hardware or software or other technical failures; garbled, lost, misrouted or scrambled transmissions; any error, omission, interruption, defect or delay in any transmission or communication; traffic congestion or for any technical problem which may cause the voting to be disrupted or corrupted.

If for any reason the voting is not capable of being executed as planned, or if there is an infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failures, or if any other causes beyond the control of Administrators corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this voting, the Administrators reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to withdraw the transmission of any vote. Furthermore, the Administrators may permanently disqualify from any promotion any person they believe has intentionally violated these rules, and to terminate or suspend voting at any point and declare the vote results based on the votes up to that point, if it appears that the voting process has been so distorted by hacking or other interference that the results would not reflect actual valid votes should the voting continue. In the event of technical difficulties with the online voting or telephone voting, Administrators reserve the right to review the votes for accuracy and to take any appropriate action, including, without limitation, voiding the votes cast during the time period in which such technical difficulties occurred. Administrators and their respective agents, officers, directors, employees, subsidiaries and affiliates assume no responsibility for any injury or damage to participants or to any other person's computer relating to or resulting from entering or downloading materials or software in connection with this vote. Administrators are not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical or computer failures of any kind, for inaccurate transcription of voting information, errors in any promotional or marketing materials, for any human or electronic error, or for votes that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed by computer transmissions, lost, or late.

These rules are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the Administrators. Notification regarding any such change will be posted at NBC.com.

Caution: Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to deliberately damage any online service or website, tamper with the voting process, or otherwise undermine the legitimate operation of the voting is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Administrators reserve the right to seek damages and/or other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

5. Conditions for Voting:

By voting, you are agreeing not to use any unofficial, third party services to cast votes on your behalf. Administrators reserve the right to disqualify, block or remove any votes from any individual who votes by any electronic, mechanical or automated means, or otherwise tampers with the vote process, or for any other reason, as determined by Administrators in their sole discretion.

Administrators are not responsible for any damages to voters' device(s) that may occur from use of service. Administrators reserve the right, for any reason and in their sole discretion, to modify, suspend or discontinue the voting service without prior notice.

Administrators reserve the right to modify the show's contest rules, and the terms and conditions of this voting process at any time in their sole discretion.

The prize awarded to the winner of "America's Got Talent" on-air is subject to the terms, conditions, rules and qualifications of that program.