More Sasquan Hugo Voter Stats

Sasquan has tweeted a breakdown of the number of Hugo voters by membership type:

Votes Percentage*
Attending (all types) 1,874 46%
Supporting 4,076 71%
Total 5,950 56%

Around 350 people joined Sasquan on the last day Hugo voting was open.

( * ) Based on membership figures as of July 29, the latest posted online. The Hugo voting deadline was July 31.

Update: Changed percentage for attending members based on comment by Hugo administrator John Lorentz.

34 thoughts on “More Sasquan Hugo Voter Stats

  1. I believe that the 56% is the percentage of total membership casting votes for the Hugos.

  2. One correction to those original numbers.

    “Attending” for that calculation initially included Child and Kid-In-Tow. While they do have a membership that will let them in the door, it doesn’t allow them to vote.

    The percentage of eligible Attending members who voted was about 46%.

  3. Those supporting members may simply not be Hugo-focused. Perhaps they joined up to vote for their choice in site selection, or just want to support Worldcon as Worldcon, rather than as Hugo-stage.

    Maybe some of them used to attend Worldcon regularly (or intermittently) and being a supporting member maintains their ongoing connection.

    Etc. Etc. & so forth.

  4. Spacefaringkitten – As Kurt says, site selection. There’s a HOTLY contested 4-way race this year.

  5. I suppose you’re right. Always baffling to see that other people aren’t interested in the things you feel are tremendously important. 😀

    Nearly 6,000 voters is still a huge figure, I guess.

  6. Agreeing with Kurt and ULTRAGOTHA: The supporting membership cost isn’t a Hugo voting fee. Since my first Worldcon, I’ve been a supporting member of most Worldcons that I’ve been unable to attend, and I don’t think I bothered to cast a Hugo vote in any of those years. I bought supporting memberships to support the Worldcon, and remain a member of WSFS, and sometimes to be able to vote in site selection.

  7. Plus it wouldn’t surprise me if some people bought memberships *intending* to vote in the Hugos but got sidetracked and didn’t actually do it before the deadline.

  8. 350 last-day members is rather surprising, but I suppose people felt happy to leave it to the last minute.

    I found this page rather interesting. The single largest US state is DC is with 1829 members, which I assume is due to site selection.

    Of course, the best location is the entry of 1 for “Earth Orbit”

  9. @Leah Smith

    Check out a previous post:

    Sasquan received a record­ 5,950 valid ballots for the 2015 Hugo Awards, surpassing the mark of 3,587 votes set last year at LonCon 3.

    LonCon’s member numbers here. They had 10826 total members, which would give a 33% Hugo turnout, but not all the member categories are eligible to vote so that number isn’t totally correct.

  10. Mark- The 1829 members come from Washington state, probably because that is where Sasquan is located. The district of Columbia “only” has 51 members.

  11. I think you’re misreading that, Mark. Washington State has 1829 members, which is probably due to the convention being in Spokane. DC has 51 members listed. Bear in mind, though, a lot of people who might want to vote for DC based on proximity could be in Maryland (257) or Virginia (262), or even further afield than that; it’s not all that hard to get to DC from a lot of eastern states.

    Finland has 222 members, which is very likely more than usual due to site selection.

  12. …and now I will take my appalling US geography into a corner and sob quietly that the edit button has disappeared.

    In my defence, why do you have to have different places named Washington? It’s not like there’s some famous American with that name or anything…

  13. We don’t. We have the state of Washington. And we have the District of Columbia, also called Washington DC. They’re thousands of miles apart.

    But not to worry, there are countless ‘Muricans who can’t keep them straight either. Sob.

  14. @ Mark – And two Portlands and enough Springfields to choke a horse. I once did a teacher’s conference in Springfield, Illinois and I got off the plane–I hadn’t booked the flights–and I had fully expected to be in Ohio because SPRINGFIELD and I went in this grey panic that I had somehow showed up at the wrong place.

    That whole trip was cursed. Nice people, but utterly cursed. That was the weekend Chicago’s air traffic control caught fire so I was stuck for two extra days, and that was also the time where they forgot my slot on the readings at the big banquet dinner, remembered at the last minute, and put me on after what was supposed to be the closing act. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I got to read after Lemony Snicket, and if there is a deeper hell for a children’s book author, I do not know of it.

    (Worst of all, because he doesn’t appear under the pen name exactly, I didn’t know who it was until he started reading, and then the slow dawning horror of the act I had to follow crashed over me and it was just not a good weekend.)

  15. There are a lot more than 2 Portlands –I think I counted eleven at one point, plus one “Portland Junction”. Of course, since I live in the largest (which was almost named “Boston”, had the coin toss come up differently), I tend to forget about the others.

    There are about 30 Springfields (I grew up in one of them) in the US–and then, of course, there’s Vancouver WA (where I work), which is not the same as the newer city of Vancouver, British Columbia.

  16. A UK variant is that there are a lot of Newports. Now, having lots of new ports makes a lot of sense, but for some reason the inhabitants of the various Newports seem unaware that they are not the only one, so when you ask “which Newport” you get an indignant reply of “why, is there there more than one?”

  17. When I traveled to Washington D.C. as a child I quickly learned that when people asked me where I was from, I had to say “Seattle” and not “Washington” because if I said “Washington” people said, “Oh, you’re a local?”

    The irony is that Washington State was going to be named Columbia, but it was feared it would be confused with the District of Columbia. D’oh!

  18. I think there’s a Springfield in every state.

    No, that’s just a common myth. There’s 38 of them.

    My home town, Springfield OR, is the one that Matt Groening (an Oregon native) named the town on the Simpsons after.

  19. Don’t laugh….every so often someone lands at Dulles International Airport, in Sterling, Virginia, and is shocked to find that they are **NOT** deep in the heart of Texas……

  20. @Mark:

    In my defence, why do you have to have different places named Washington? It’s not like there’s some famous American with that name or anything…

    For that matter, there’s also Cincinnati, which is also named after him.

  21. And there are, or at least we’re, two Nashville, Indianas and two Glenview, Illinois.

  22. @ Mark

    I grew up in Oregon (the state south of Washington (State)) and I hate to tell you how old I was before I realized the US Capitol was not, in fact, just to the north of me.

  23. But only one Las Vegas. Which is in Nevada. (Any New Mexican posting to the contrary is, simply… misguided)

  24. @P J Evans: Brazen! I’m shocked Kansas City, Kansas sued for, like, double copyright infringement!!

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