Unity08 just released the “results from its first vote on the American Agenda.” Yes, as you can see from Unity08’s pdf report that’s exactly what Unity08 calls it:
So how well did they carry off their first vote? This is a vitally important question, because no organization, corporate or otherwise, should be trusted to elect the president of the world’s most powerful nation without a transparently trustworthy democratic process.
The answer: Unity08 failed to count every vote. Instead, they counted only a sample of all the votes that were cast — which is truly odd, considering that any internet vote mechanism worth its salt should be able to tabulate all results. Why not count every vote? What was the sampling method Unity08 used? Unity08 says it was “random,” but that can mean a wide range of things. Was it a simple random sample? Stratified sample? Cluster sample? Were there weights used? Before the “random” sampling, were the results filtered to exclude responses in any way? How? Unity08 isn’t talking. All we know is that Unity08 didn’t count every vote.