I've had a pretty busy schedule lately so not had a chance to update my blog as much as I would have liked. Being on planes away from the internet does that and this next week doesn't look much better. I will continue blog and update as much as possible but RL is conspiring to keep me busy at the moment. So, for now, a few quick updates.
CCP Diagoras has started a thread in the Jita Park forum keeping everyone updated on the number of votes being cast versus the at the same time during the last election cycle. So far it looks like this:
Date & Time: Total Votes - % of elegible voters / CSM5 Comparison
16:00, March 9th: 9,000 - 2.58% / 2,754 - 0.88%
22:10, March 9th: 15,016 - 4.31% / 4,023 - 1.29%
15:42, March 10th: 21,764 - 6.25% / 6,560 - 2.11%
15:56, March 11th: 25,723 - 7.37% / 15,838 - 5.09%
22:00, March 11th: 26,287 - 7.55% / 17,257 - 5.55%
It's very encouraging to note the overall turnout being so far ahead of the last election. I've been spreading the word to as many people as possible that even if you do not vote for ME, to just get out and vote. The larger the overall turnout, the larger the mandate that CSM 6 will have.
A lot of that is total is likely nullsec bloc voting, since they are more motivated to vote this time. While I seem to have a lot of momentum, I’m still a first time candidate so I have to get new votes or sway others to me. There are also a lot of older players that I'm trying to reach through the cloud of apathy with regard to the CSM.
I'm going to need all the help I can get, folks. Do not assume that I am 'doing fine' or that you can cast your vote safely elsewhere even though you had planned to vote for me. I'm going to need every vote. I need help getting the word out and keeping awareness high until the polls close on March 23rd. What I need as you are flying around, especially in hi-sec, is to drop my blog and my vote link into local. There's also this handy list of campaign fliers:
Also, please do not let this thread fall onto the second page:
If you have voted for me please keep an eye on that thread and give it a solid update when you can. Tell a story about EVE, why you voted for me, etc... The more exposure the better! There are a LOT of answers in that thread to questions people may ask. Help them find those answers!
As an aside, Virtuozzo made an excellent post HERE that helps break down why people should vote and how to determine who to cast their vote for.
A bit further down, Akita T breaks down the process he used to eventually vote for me. It's worth a read. :)
Thank you all for your support!