Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Article by Stanford prof about how the position of candidates' names on ballots affects how people vote. Basically, you want to be the top name.

In Florida, for instance, candidates from the governor’s party get top billing, which is why in 2000 and 2004 George W. Bush was listed first on every ballot. (His brother, Jeb, was governor.) In Delaware and Tennessee, by contrast, Democrats always come first.

Perhaps the most endearing procedure is in Minnesota, where candidates from the party that received the fewest votes in the most recent election are listed first.

That is super cute, and apparently it's how drafts work in professional sports, or at least, sort of. Sean explains things to me and I kind of vaguely understand them.

No comments: