Why Vote?

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Voting matters

Voting is really about affecting the country around you. From the federal government to your state’s governor’s mansion to your local school board. Top to bottom you and your friends and family can make a difference.

Below are examples of elections that came down to a few votes – the result could have been changed by a handful of voters and consequentially, the policies could have been quite different.

2008 – Alaska State Representative Mike Kelley wins reelection by 1 vote. Any one person, of the 10,000 who voted or of the people who missed the election, could have changed the result.

2004 – Democrat Christine Gregoire wins the Washington’s gubernatorial race by 133 votes out of more than 2.8 million votes cast over Republican Dino Rossi.

2000 – We all know the story of 2000. 537 votes in Florida separate George W. Bush from Al Gore in Florida and gives the Republican the presidency. Out of more than 105 million votes cast in the entire country. Taking the effort to vote doesn’t only change local elections, it can change the biggest one of all

1974 – Republican Louis Wyman beat Democrat John Durkin by 2 votes in a US Senate race in New Hampshire. That is 0.00090% of the vote in that election

1948 – Back before most people knew who Lyndon B. Johnson was, he won his Senate primary by 98 votes. If just 100 more voters had voted for his opponent, history might have been very different.

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  1. 2004 – New York State Senator Nick Spano, a 19-year Republican incubment of the Senate (26 years in the Legislature) and 3rd most powerful Senator in the chamber, beat his challenger Andrea Stewart-Cousins by 18 votes.

    She went on to oust him in a 2006 rematch, but it was her strength in 2004 against such a powerful member of the Republican majority that began the shift of interest in and support to Democratic challengers. It enabled the Democrats to attract higher tier candidates and greater donations which, in turn, enabled them to take the majority in the Senate in 2008 for the first time since 1965.


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