I put in several hours, have three votes (now) and I still feel kinda like a dork. ;) I thought it was really cool too, if anything the minimalist approach works very well, and it's keeping in with your style for Sam and Fuzzy. I thought it was intentional, and I was envious that you could make it look so effortless.
On the no votes thing, there's a bit of a weakness with this voting method, since we're only allowed one vote but there are going to be three places--this really will only determine number 1 accurately, since there's no way to know who all the people who vote for number 1 actually consider their number 2 and 3. We'd still be seeing a pretty stratified vote (maybe even moreso), but you'd still see a lot more lower-value votes piling up for us losers.