Each year the District Executive Committee (DEC) for districts around the world votes to decide how many contestants can move from each club to the area contest, from the area to division, and from division to district. In July, after considerable debate, the District 19 DEC voted that:
- If there are four or fewer clubs in an area, clubs can advance TWO contestants from the club to the Area Contest.
- If there are four or fewer areas in a division, TWO contestants from each Area may advance to the Division Contest
- If there are four or fewer areas in a district, ONE contestants from each Division may advance to the District Contest