WHNT Conducts Mayoral “Straw Poll”

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)--In the interest of democracy; in the interest of liberty; in the interest of--not covering yet another boring story about voter turnout--WHNT News 19 conducted its inaugural, unscientific and relatively accurate municipal election "straw poll." That's straw, like the sipping apparatus.

WHNT News 19's David Wood started with containers full of two-hundred straws each representing votes for both Huntsville mayoral front-runners, incumbent Mayor Tommy Battle and former Mayor Loretta Spencer.

The story is simple here. After four and a half hours including the lunch-time voter rush Tuesday, out of 100 voters surveyed not a single person drew a straw for Loretta Spencer. The experiment--chiefly to see if people would be willing to anonymously share their voting choice with WHNT News 19--was conducted at the First Baptist Church polling location on Governor's Drive.