I didn't get to read the stories before the voting deadline, hence no vote from me. I had originally planned to read the stories on the weekend but real life interfered. And then I didn't find the time to do it the following days, either. Usually, I do try to read the stories, give some comment and vote in the voting thread. But this time around, I just didn't get around to it. However, I kept an eye on this thread and the voting. Since Captain Gold
retracted his vote in the thread I don't see a problem with the voting other than the low number of voters.
Generally, moderators are obligated to moderate a forum, it doesn't necessarily mean they have to participate in every thread, including challenge threads.