My One Little Vote

I’m not here to tell you HOW to vote… I’m here to tell you TO vote. Period. VOTE. Go. Take initiative. Become an active voice in our democracy. Take a few minutes to cast a ballot.

As American schoolchildren, we learned that every vote is precious. Apparently, most have forgotten that lesson. Only 70% of eligible voters are even registered. And of that number, so few take the initiative to cast their ballot. If you need to register, go to www.registertovote.org.

“The most often heard excuse for not voting in an election is ‘my one little vote won’t make a difference.’ Yet history is full of instances proving the enormous power of one single vote.” According to the website www.learn-usa.com/of_relevance/vote.htm, “In many cases, the course of nations has been changed because one individual ballot was cast — or not cast — depending upon your point of view.”

Consider the following few cases (out of a few dozen documented):

In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German.

In 1800, Thomas Jefferson was elected President by one vote in the House of Representatives after a tie in the electoral college.

In 1845, Texas was admitted to the union as a state by one vote

In 1846, a one vote margin in the U.S. Senate approved President Polk’s request for a Declaration of War against Mexico.

The Alaska Purchase of 1867 was ratified by just one vote — paving the way for the eventual annexation of America’s largest state in 1958.

In 1868, one vote in the U.S. Senate saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.

In 1875, a one vote margin changed France from a monarchy to a republic.

In 1941, the Selective Service Act (the draft) was saved by a one vote margin — just weeks before Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Big deals, huh?  And locally, it’s a big deal too, Here’s one a bit closer to home… In 1989, a Lansing, Michigan School District millage proposition failed when the final recount produced a tie vote 5,147 for, and 5,147 against.

So don’t fall into the trap of believing that your ‘one little vote won’t make a difference.’ This year, be prepared to vote… Know the candidates and the issues; then GO and VOTE. Take part in the election. Make your choice. Mark your ballot. It’s your responsibility!

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