Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Bullet voting skews election outcomes

    The total number of votes cast in Ketchum for the local option tax was 1,288. Total votes cast for mayor was 1,280. Total votes cast for all city council candidates was 2,440.
    If voters had voted for two candidates instead of only one there would have been 2,560 City Council votes cast (twice the mayor total count) instead of 2,440, leaving 120 (bullet) voters not voting for two City Council candidates.
    This means that Amanda Breen could have won or Aaron Pearson could have tied Anne Corrock. I don’t know either of them but they should know what sunk their ship. The vote, it appears, was not their platform or issues but more about connections to the candidates.
    Bullet voting strategy skews outcomes for the majority of the voters.
Chip Fisher
Sun Valley


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