So far for June 2012..
Unique visitors not including search engines: 33055 Unique IPs. June 1st to June 24th.Googlebot visited over 350,000 time to read what we post up. Google also looks for links to other websites. Once it finds those links the google bots usually visit those sites within 24 hours to index the content. Plus we have yahoo, Bing, and others indexing what we talk about on speakup.
Now lets go back to the 33,000 readers.
Some of the primary races in our community are won by a small amount of votes. Thinking about it some of the general election/school budget items are won by only a few hundred votes.
If you can sway just 1% of 33,000 people that could equal 330 votes but it goes deeper than that. Some of those 1%er's might have family members that also vote. Those 330 voters may tell two friends and so on.