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The Greek Referendum Through the Eyes of AEA

When no means yes.

By Kevin Delin



An anti-austerity demonstrators attend a rally in Trafalgar Square in central London on July 4, 2015 in solidarity with those voting 'No' in Greece's forthcoming referendum. Greece braced itself Saturday ahead of a make-or-break bailout referendum as polls showed the 'Yes' and 'No' camps neck and neck and uncertainty rose over the future of the country's battered economy. AFP PHOTO / JACK TAYLOR        (Photo credit should read JACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images)


Based on the way it interpreted its own referendum of its Los Angeles membership, Actors’ Equity Association would have counted Greece’s landslide referendum defeat of Europe’s austerity package this way: 


62% of eligible voters voted.


Of those votes, 61% voted the austerity measure down. This means that only 37.8% (0.61 x 0.62) of the eligible voters voted against the measure.


This means that the measure should pass.


Another way to calculate this: 39% voted for the measure (meaning a total 24.8% of the population (0.39 x 0.62) voted for it) and when added to the 38% that didn’t vote, we get 62.8% of the total population didn’t vote down the austerity measure. Therefore it passes.


(Photo by Jack Taylor/AFP/Getty Images)


Read Kevin Delin’s “Matter; Doesn’t Matter” analysis of the AEA national election.