I think the prospect that there’d be 1000 votes by (at the latest) spring next year freaked Simon out so he got the poll removed.
Probably the only reason he agreed to this all was because he thought it would take years or for ever (hence the comment of “i’ll probably have finished not just the 3rd album but also the FOURTH!”).
Guess Hallucinogen is still more popular then Simon thinks. (“My minority complex is not as bad as yours”)
Technically/planning wise I don’t think it would work very well to release a 3rd Hallucinogen early next year, as there is probably a plan to promote the new Younger Brother format all summer by touring, festivals and such. Also there’s the matter of pressure, expectations and all that. (can’t do the old Hallucinogen stuff (dated), can’t go too far away from it (or its not Hallucinogen) plus a decade of rising expectations)