The midterm elections as reality television

Vote One of the more notorious statistical trends of recent years is that the winner of American Idol tends to get more votes than the winner of the U.S. presidency. Rather than ignore this, Colle+McVoy plays it up in some get-out-the-vote ads for the League of Women Voters that aim to induce some guilty feelings among TV watchers about where their priorities lie. (Other ads in the series read, “You’d jump at the chance to vote some dude off an island” and “You cast an emotional vote for a celebrity ice dancer.”) Of course, if it’s mere turnout that they want, perhaps we could decide the next election by cell-phone vote.

—Posted by Tim Nudd