Looking at the previous election results pages, I see:
This election ended Feb 2 '11 at 21:00. 3,834 voters were eligible, 566 visited the election, and 310 voted SysAdmin1138 and MarkHenderson elected
This election ended Jan 24 '12 at 20:00. 6,350 voters were eligible, 1,361 visited the site during the election, 474 visited the election page, and 208 voted voretaq7, Chris S, Iain elected
But for the current election, there are already 456 people who've earned the Constituent badge (by voting). Was there some cross-site promotion of the election this time? Or are there really a lot more people active on the site this time around?
There's another odd thing about the totals in the (large) screen shot below, it shows 972 Constituent badges have been awarded. That's about right: 208 + 310 + 456 = 974 (Caching, or timing of when I counted 456 explains the small discrepancy) So how come a ton of people apparently voted twice???
I just realized all the dates are the same: 8 jun 12, so the badges for the first two elections are all lumped together.