View Full Version : Your vote *doesn't* count!

22nd September 2003, 07:45 AM
Consider this: The polls. ANY poll. With polls, a limited number of people are contacted. The results are extrapulated. The national poll might survey 1700 people. Based on 1700 people, the pollsters KNOW what the nation feels about something...give or take up to 4 percentage points.

Well...if THAT is true...then why wouldn't this hold true with votes? If let's say only 5% of the potential voters voted in an election...won't the results be the same as if everyone voted?

Of course, one has to assume that a cross section of all parties will be voting.

However...in cases where it has already been polled that the race between two candidates is too close to call, or the separation might be less than 4 percentage points...maybe one should vote then. But..even THEN; suppose a few thousand out of many thousand voters didn't show up, thinking their vote wouldn't hardly matter. Maybe, it wouldn't matter (unless of course you had one of those elections decided like this last Presidential election, which was quite rare).If say that 57 % of the many thousands of voters picked a particular candidate...wouldn't you suppose that IF those few thousand more had voted, that of THOSE pople...they too would have favored that one candidate by about 57%?

Obviously, you have to have a total cross section of people, as I said. And I think you would. It would be pretty strange if most people voted from one region or precinct, and no people decided to vote from another region or precinct. IF such a thing occurred, the results of such an election could vary greatly.