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Heisman Sets Deadline, Threatens Voters Who Don’t Hide Ballots

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies speaks after being named the 78th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner at a press conference at the Marriott Marquis on December 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 08: Quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M University Aggies speaks after being named the 78th Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner at a press conference at the Marriott Marquis on December 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Heisman Trophy Trust has given voters who it says violated a “nondisclosure requirement” in 2012 until April 8 to commit to hiding their ballots in the future.

In a letter dated March 4, Heisman president William Dockery wrote: “We are distressed to have been made aware that your 2012 vote was revealed publicly prior to the December 8th announcement.” Dockery said it’s “against our policy” to release ballot selections prior to the official announcement on ESPN.

Multiple voters, including media members and former winners, discuss their ballot publicly before the voting deadline each year. StiffArmTrophy.com obtained at least portions of 205 ballots in projecting Johnny Manziel as the winner in 2012.

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