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Turnout to date

Current Turnout: 3715 of 45000 (8.3%) as of 1609h.
Days left of e-voting: 1.
Days until paper: 3.

This editor is very excited for results. Now that the e-voting site is built on an AMS server, the Elections Committee has much more data than ever before (notably, timestamps). We hope the Elections Committee decides to err on the side of the open release of the data, respecting privacy concerns of course (we currently understand that vote tallies cannot be backwards-traced to electors). The amount of analysis that could be done to find out when and why people vote would be amazing, and is something that’s long overdue.

Also, today we updated the wikipedia article on the Condorcet Method.

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5 Responses to “Turnout to date”


  1. February 1, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    That is very exciting news! I hope this year marks a big change in voter turnout. 🙂 Good luck in VFM, not that you need it!

  2. 2 Darren
    February 1, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Hint: About 60% of votes are cast in the first day, because most of the people who vote know exactly who they’re voting for (i.e. are hacks, friends of candidates, etc.). It tails off from there, and a few hundred people chip in paper ballots either because they prefer ballots with paper trails or because they didn’t know there was an election until they say the polling booth.

  3. 3 Rory
    February 1, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    See, online voting does matter.

  4. February 1, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Let’s all root for a TWO digit percentage (or is that expecting too much from the AMS?)

    TWO DIGITS! TWO DIGITS!

  5. 5 alox
    February 1, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Darren, its been roughly linear to date. A bit of a hackspike first day, but overall linear.

    Rory, this shows nothing. What does is turnout when voting is exclusively offline, where in the results I’ve seen do not alter turnouts by much.

    The problem isn’t access to voting, its much much more the desire to vote. See StFX’s elections last year. 50% turnout because of a huge investment in engagement (which is different than communications and accessibility).

    A moot point now though.


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