Originally Posted by JSWolf
Hidden gives us a more statistical validity to the votes.
I don't think any of these votes, hidden or not, are statistically valid. And asserting that they are "more" valid because the votes are more spread out is meaningless.
The real test as to whether or not we should have open or closed voting is how satisfied people were with the results of the voting. Were we (as a group) more satisfied with the results we got when the polls were visible or when they were hidden? Even if the vote didn't go our way.
Personally, I decided to join the book club too late, so I haven't voted in any of the open ones and don't really know which gives the better results. I will let some of the people who have participated longer have the final say.