It's Hollywood's elite who vote for the Oscars, right? In fact, kids or housekeepers could be filling out those final ballots they're anonymous. Return envelopes are prestamped with 29 cents postage. But there's more:
* Printed in black ink on white paper, the ballot measures approximately 8.5 by 17.25 inches unfolded and looks like nothing so much as a Chinese takeout menu.
* Price Waterhouse, an international accounting firm with offices in L.A., sent out 4,612 final ballots and numbered return envelopes by regular first-class mail on March 10. Return deadline is 5 p.m. March 23.
* Ballots may be marked with pen, pencil, crayon, whatever.
* Two Price Waterhouse partners summarize the tallies, select winners' cards from two full sets of nominees' names typed by a secretary using a PC, and seal them in the appropriate envelopes; each partner takes a set, one to be opened on stage and one as a spare.
* With envelopes locked in their briefcases, the partners take separate routes to the ceremony.