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I find that my expectations of a nominated person and where my votes should go are affected by what number I see next to them, even if I don't want it to. I feel I gravitate towards nominees who already have a larger number of votes, and away from ones with smaller.

Is there a benefit to this that I'm missing?

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    I'm not asking for personal advice. I'm asking what the reasons for making it visible are. I can't see it discussed anywhere else. As far as I'm aware, I'm noticing a problem that probably affects a lot of people who don't notice it. – AlbeyAmakiir Feb 19 '14 at 1:56
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  • Ah, that answers my question. Thanks @hichris123. – AlbeyAmakiir Feb 19 '14 at 2:02
  • @LowerClassOverflowian Helped him solve :) – Cilan Feb 19 '14 at 2:12
  • In Canada it is apparently forbidden to post election results from one part of the country before polls have closed all over in case it influences how people vote. – Martin Smith Feb 19 '14 at 2:12
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The same reason you can see votes next to questions and answers. People are just curious, it doesn't have to relate to influencing your decision (though some people want to be influenced). I do agree, however, that it distracts from the users who have less votes (I am not just saying this because my nomination has the lowest amount of votes in the election, and I am not telling you to go to this link with >= 150 reputation and to vote for me). If you completely cannot stand this, just have this jQuery userscript:

$('.vote-count-post').text('Do not ask of me a number.');
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