The Voice began its live voting rounds on Monday night, but there was a major flaw in the system.
As the show began, West Coast viewers pointed out that there was no way for them to honestly cast votes due to the show's broadcast delay.
Most of the U.S. gets to enjoy the show live as it happens, starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. However, NBC delays all its programs until 8 p.m. PT on its West Coast affiliates.
That means that when the voting windows open and close during live episodes, the west side of the U.S. is left out. They can still vote on the show's official app and Twitter, but they can not honestly vote based on each performer's nightly effort.
Dedicated viewers were very displeased with this delay, and took to Twitter so share their gripes.
"The REAL Time Vote is not fair for viewers who live on the West Coast," viewer Andrea King wrote. "How are supposed to vote on the performances when we can't see them?"
Viewer Lyn Meadows added, "Once again you all are disenfranchising the West Coast. Which, [by the way] is where the show is filmed. Disappointed and frustrated!"
@NBCTheVoice The REAL Time Vote is not fair for viewers who live on the West Coast. How are supposed to vote on the performances when we can't see them?— Andrea King (@andikk65) April 16, 2018
Once again you all are disenfranchising the west coast. Which, BTW is where the show is filmed. Disappointed and Frustrated!— Lyn Meadows (@meadowofhearts) April 17, 2018
Dear @NBCTheVoice I hate the real time voting. Just a gimmick to get people to watch commercials. And unfair to the west coast fans.— The Mistaahj (@mistaahj) April 16, 2018
However, not all fans sulked over the broadcast delays. Some helped each other out by letting them know when voting windows open so they can at least vote for those they have been pulling for in recent weeks.
voting starts when the first person starts singing, I'm assuming it ends shortly after the last person is done. Alexa and Kaleb have sung, Tish is currently singing— Karina Yuet (@karinaayuett) April 17, 2018
Happy Voice Monday!!! I have to admit that being here on the West Coast I’m going to be a nervous wreck waiting for the #TeamAdam voting window to open. I may even have to pull over to vote while I’m on my way home from work. Good luck #TeamAdam @adamlevine @NBCTheVoice pic.twitter.com/3CVSBnJmFX— AdoreAdamLevine (@AdoreAdamLevine) April 16, 2018
Voting times:— Austin Giorgio (@GiorgioAustin) April 16, 2018
East Coast: 8pm
Central Coast: 7pm
Mountain time: 6pm
West Coast: 5 pm
(Turn on notifications in the Voice app, it will tell you when to vote!)
The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Photo Credit: NBC / Trae Patton