Does Your Vote Count?

By Keith Rockhold on Sep 24, 2008 in Tips and Tricks

As the election season ramps up here in the United States, let’s take a moment to ponder the question: does your vote count?

Here at Gliffy, we implemented the JIRA public issue tracking system. This system logs all the feature requests, reminds us of the typos found on our website and tracks our progress on fixing any bugs. At Gliffy, the more votes an issue in JIRA receives, the more likely we are to prioritize that as a topic to address. Here, the issue with the most votes wins.

This chart shows the comparison between the two voting systems.

In the United States election for the President and Vice President, the winner is not determined by the popular vote. Rather the winner is chosen through a process known as the Electoral College. The process:
– Each state (and the District of Columbia), is granted a certain number of Electoral Votes
– The popular-vote-winner of each state determines how ALL of the Electoral Votes of each state will be cast (two states do not follow this winner-take-all approach)
– The candidate to receive 270 Electoral votes is declared the President and Vice President of the United States

As experienced in the 2004 election, the popular vote does not determine the winner.

I would venture that your vote counts in both places. At Gliffy, we work on all issues, those with 1 vote and those with many votes. However, we ruse the vote to help us stay connected to users and ensure we are listening to the direction our users want us to take our product. By comparison, in the United States election process, each vote builds to a greater meaning. The Electoral College process ensures the votes of the residents in small population states does not get lost in the grand election. For some election night fun, try this simulator.

Ultimately, I encourage you to create a login and vote readily on your favorite Gliffy topics, and if you happen to be eligible to vote in the United States, then Get Out and Vote!