AGM voting form bias

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Boltzmann
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AGM voting form bias

Postby Boltzmann » 21 Apr 2011, 7:06pm

The voting form appears to be carrying a subliminal message as follows:

All the "For" text is approximately 30% heavier type than the "Against" and "Abstain".
The type has the same point size so that this is not very obvious.
Will "Electoral Reform Services" invalidate any postal vote which attempts to influence voting in this manner?
This would damage the reputation of the Club and needs to be urgently addressed.

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Re: AGM voting form bias

Postby gaz » 24 Apr 2011, 8:58am

Vote "yes" to motion 1!

Whatever next! :shock: :lol:

Sorry, I couldn't resist.
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Re: AGM voting form bias

Postby Boltzmann » 25 Apr 2011, 10:59pm

Well, the designer of the voting form would not like to be thought of as gerrymandering surely?

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Re: AGM voting form bias

Postby meic » 25 Apr 2011, 11:43pm

I dont think they care a hoot, just so long as they win the vote.
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Re: AGM voting form bias

Postby gaz » 27 Apr 2011, 8:21pm

Boltzmann wrote:Well, the designer of the voting form would not like to be thought of as gerrymandering surely?


OK, I'll pop my serious hat on for a moment.

How large a sample of forms has been examined to determine the difference in type font?

I don't know

What evidence exists that a difference in type font would produce an actual change in voter behaviour re the vote they choose to cast?

I don't know


Now I'll take it back off again.

Have the subliminal messages in this post affected your answers? :wink:
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Re: AGM voting form bias

Postby AndyK » 28 Apr 2011, 2:17pm

vote no Subliminal messages? Nonsense. Devote not a moment more time to such thoughts. vote no

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Re: AGM voting form bias

Postby gaz » 28 Apr 2011, 2:27pm

I usually try to be more subtle with subliminal messages. However I like your style.

I cast my vote yesterday, so your message is too late to affect my choice.
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Re: AGM voting form bias

Postby Mick F » 28 Apr 2011, 4:37pm

I voted NO.

Sorry, not very subtle, but I'm a plain-speaking sort of person.

I'd made my own mind up yonks ago, and no amount of subliminal shenanigans would make me change my point of view.
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Re: AGM voting form bias

Postby Boltzmann » 28 Apr 2011, 8:26pm

gaz wrote:
Boltzmann wrote:Well, the designer of the voting form would not like to be thought of as gerrymandering surely?


OK, I'll pop my serious hat on for a moment.

How large a sample of forms has been examined to determine the difference in type font?

I don't know

What evidence exists that a difference in type font would produce an actual change in voter behaviour re the vote they choose to cast?

I don't know


Now I'll take it back off again.

Have the subliminal messages in this post affected your answers? :wink:


Clever stuff gaz. There is much evidence to support the use of heavy typeface when the message is "This is important".

When the typeface emphasis is so subtle as to be almost unnoticeable then the "This is important" message becomes subliminal.

The required change in voter behaviour could be quite small so long as it makes the difference between a 74% and 75% yes vote.

With regard to the size of the forms sample I regret to say that I have only been sent one form but this form contained 9 examples of exaggerated For text.

I don't suppose that my form was any different from those sent out to the rest of the Club membership. Perhaps someone with a form could confirm my observation with regard to typeface differences.

If you didn't notice this on your form then you may have already been subjected to it's influence.

You can see that I haven't been influenced by your "I don't know" messages. 8)

Stay cool man.