After a particularly slow start, the Northeast poll ended up with a total of 1,388 votes, which is the lowest total so far (Natchez had 4,502 and the Coast had 4,191). Not too bad considering, I guess. Perhaps not coincidentally, the poll results ended up the most lopsided of the polls so far, with the top poller, the Lyric Theater in Tupelo, gaining 17% of the votes, compared with 5% for Longwood and 7% for Fort Massachusetts in the other polls.
Two of my favorites, the Midway School in Tishomingo County and the Booneville Church of Christ, ended up tying for last place. Just remember that, in heaven, the last shall be first and the first shall be last. I was somewhat surprised that the first Corinth property on the list, the Corinth Machinery Building, is in 11th place. Corinth does not show up well in this poll, and it should have.
A few MissPresers have asked how these results are all going to be tabulated in the end. The answer is “I don’t know yet.” Obviously, there does need to be a mechanism–or at least I think there should be–for those regions that had large numbers of voters to end up with a larger share of the final 101 without eliminating entire regions that didn’t get as much interest. We want all regions to be represented on the final list, but it doesn’t seem right to have properties that only got 50 or 60 votes to beat out properties in other regions that got 100 votes. It’s possible once we have a few more polls under our belts, we’ll see that we can just compile the final list based purely on number of votes for each property. That would be the easiest and probably the most pure, but if we end up with wildly varying voting totals, it may not be the most reasonable. We shall see. As I’ve stated before, the world should be grateful that I’m not a statistician or a poller.
Anyway, here’s the results you’ve all been waiting for while I’ve jabbered on:
Which poll should we do next? Seems like we need to move to the central part of the state.