Thursday, August 16, 2012

Stephens, Weitzberg, Genis Top Ballot

The California Secretary Of State released the randomized alphabet that will be used to determine the position on the ballot for each elective office in the state.  Based on that information, this is what the Costa Mesa City Council ballot will look like

John Stephens

Harold Weitzberg

Sandra Genis

Colin McCarthy

Gary Monahan

Al Melone

Steve Mensinger

James Rader

Since many scientific studies have determined that the position on the ballot has much to do with the success of a candidacy, those of us looking for a change on November 6th have a glimmer of encouragement in front of us.

Now the real work begins.  Now is the time for the candidates to ramp-up their efforts, begin knocking on doors and delivering the message.

To Bring Costa Mesa Back To The Top
Just Vote 1, 2, 3 And Stop!

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Blogger just wondering... said...

Very good!!!

8/16/2012 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Disgusted Republican said...

This is great. And V stands for vain, vacuous, and vague!!!!

8/16/2012 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

No On "V".....and ...M,....M....M...,No,.. I don't think so.

8/16/2012 10:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

Does the order on the ballot really make a difference?

I do like the four M's being listed consecutively with Melone in the middle...that'll throw the fools off a bit.

8/17/2012 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Actually, there are many studies that indicate that being in the first position on the ballot gives that person a real, quantifiable advantage. John Stephens must be smiling today.

And, it is fortuitous that James Rader appears at the very botton since he's not really going to campaign.

8/17/2012 09:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Just Thinking said...

Do you have any information on the sanitation and or, water board candidates? My guess, would be with the right people in those positions it could lead to a consolidation and or, the possibility of the city (or a charter city) taking over those special districts?

8/17/2012 10:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

I don't doubt you, but that's amazing to me, Geoff. I understand that that works in the phone book for AAAAAA storage, but you would think people would spend a little more time when deciding on whon they are entrusting their votes for.

8/17/2012 10:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...

Pot Stirrer:
I’m impressed with the slogan …

To Bring Costa Mesa Back To The Top
Just Vote 1, 2, 3 And Stop!

… you devised. It sums up several points with an economy of words.

8/17/2012 10:57:00 AM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Honeyman, not my facts... several studies indicate the top spot on the ballot has an advantage.

Tom Egan,
Thanks... seemed appropriate.
Or, how about,
"To bring Costa Mesa back from calamity's door, just vote for the first 3 and no mmmore!" Will that work? ;-)

8/17/2012 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Honeyman said...

Vote uno, dos, tres! your face!

8/17/2012 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger just wondering... said...

Tom, that is great.

"Vote the first 3, and no MMMore!


8/17/2012 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous game theory said...

this is good for the cm4rg slate. Studies show ininformed voters pick the first candidate around 5% greater magnitude than those in the middle. The last candidate is least affected by ballot order. It is the middle candidates that bear the brunt of this trend. That said, sometimes the last candidate is not picked because the voter "ran out of votes" to cast by the time they reach the bottom. However, second and third positions are not given the advantage that position one has. I am stating these observations from reading a few studies after I googled to find them. I myself am no espert must giving a reader's digest post of what I read. Another thing, an unqualified candidate in first position has a 10 per cent better chance of winning than if not in first postion but they tend to lose the next election. Bottom line, great for Stephens, less great for the other two on the slate. Throw in the appeal of an incumbent to uninformed voters and Mensinger and Monahan get a boost to somewhat even out the ballot position. Then take the overwhelming Republican registration in the City and their probable endorsements and the fact that Republicans are considered uninformed and the money goes on Mensinger and Monahan.

8/17/2012 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Tom Egan said...

To just wondering ...

I can't take credit for the MMMore slogan, that was the Pot Stirrer's confection.

I can say, though, that I LLLike it!

8/17/2012 01:42:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Vote one, two, three, that's it.
Help put an end to this stupid ****.

8/17/2012 02:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Farmer Ted said...

I think the ranking shows in order, who is trying the hardest to get elected. Colin is out there way more than Gary, who has just disappeared from the Council radar, and Steve hasn't done anything except claim he wrote some lame article for he Pilot. Also, what's up with Steve using that dumb picture of himself with the football from the City website on his campaign site? This guy is Al Bundy with his 3 touchdowns for Polk High.

8/17/2012 03:00:00 PM  
Anonymous For the Record said...

Steve needs to tell us why he left Arnel, and the companies after that.

He needs to tell us about the lawsuits he was a defendant in.

He needs to tell us about his altercations with a clerk at JWA and a teacher here in Costa Mesa.

8/17/2012 06:53:00 PM  

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