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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Signifying nothing?

There was some discussion on a recent post regarding the "mathematical issue of the efficacy of a vote."

One of the statewide questions on Maryland ballots yesterday was "Question 2," a proposed constitutional amendment "Authorizing Video Lottery Terminals (Slot Machines) to Fund Education." The text of the question is this:
Authorizes the State to issue up to five video lottery licenses for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education of children in public schools, prekindergarten through grade 12, public school construction and improvements, and construction of capital projects at community colleges and higher education institutions. No more than a total number of 15,000 video lottery terminals may be authorized in the State, and only one license may be issued for each specified location in Anne Arundel, Cecil, Worcester, and Allegany Counties, and Baltimore City. Any additional forms or expansion of commercial gaming in Maryland is prohibited, unless approved by a voter referendum.
The current unofficial results from the Maryland Secretary of State are:
  • For: 1,155,204
  • Against: 818,160
The state constitution will be duly amended.

Now, I myself voted on Question 2 -- against it, in fact. If anyone would like to make any sort of mathematical or logical argument regarding the efficacy, significance, value, or what-have-you of my vote, please do.