Perfectly acceptable to bump after a couple of days. Had I seen this, I would have replied. A simple web page is , well, pretty simple. Setting up a poll is a little beyond just having a static html page. Without getting too in depth, you would need a script that registers a vote, sends it back to the server, then refreshses the web page. For some one learning how to do simple web pages, that is a bit more advanced. In the best case, it could probably be done with a simple scripting language. That means learning at least enough of a language in order to process your poll results.
The other effect you are talking about is called a mouse-over, or hover. Here is a simple way of doing it, but you probably won't really understand what you are doing, or what to do with the code that you generate.http://saloon.javaranch.com/cgi-bin/ubb/ultimatebb.cgi
A mouseover effect is created by having two different images, a 'normal' image, and the 'enhanced' image. When your page is first loaded, the normal image is loaded. When the mouse moves over the image, the 'enhanced' image is displayed. That is also a bit beyond basic html.
The easiest way to learn is to find a web page that has the sort of effects you are interested in, and look at the source code to see how they did it. Nowadays most pages are generated on the fly, so the code is a bit harder to read and understand. In addition, most pages use a generous mix if css and various other scripting languages.
Hope that helps a bit.