Hmm... that is another option. My main issue with that is despite all the active admins doing a wonderful job, it is often the case that many admins who moderate the less active areas don't get as much recognition. I think it is not as sad to simply not to appear in the poll than to appear in it and having few votes. That is why I decided to move from the "all the admins get an automatic pass" to "admins get nominated as well" way 2 years ago.
On an entirely different matter Kirby, how does the idea of putting the nomination thread as part of the site news sound?