As a product manager by profession, "votes" of any sort are only an indication of interest. In a professional setting it is often the case that relative importance is assessed, based on the perceived impact of an occurrence and the likelihood and conditions under which the issue arises. The relative priority for resolution takes that into account, as well as the estimated cost of making the change and estimates of customer cost (they have to upgrade, at a minimum, and the change might cause other problems) and benefit. By the time you get to the prioritized list of work, votes are pretty much lost in the noise of the realities of development, test, and support.
Surest way to get a change is to do it yourself and submit it. I pretty much know that although I know "exactly" why
firstboot fails on NAND-based devices, https://bugs.openwrt.org/index.php?do=details&task_id=468 isn't going to get fixed until I do it. Why? Low impact (workaround present) on the install base and non-trivial to fix.