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Your Single Vote Can Be Decisive

January 15, 2014
The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Whether in a presidential election or a race for municipal council in a small town, individual votes matter. They can be decisive.

Recounts of votes cast in the election last November in Ohio have disclosed that in 43 situations, ballot questions were decided by one-vote margins or through special provisions to break ties. Thirty-five candidates won that way. Eight local tax issues were settled in that manner.

Two of the races identified by Husted were in Monroe County. There, trustees in Bethel and Salem townships won by single-vote margins.

While elections that end in ties or are decided by single votes are rare, they do occur - 43 times last November. Races in which margins of victory or defeat are in single-digit vote totals are even more common.

In releasing information on last November's election, Husted said it is more evidence of the importance of making it easy to vote - but hard to commit vote fraud - in Ohio. He is right about that.

But his report also reinforces how critical single votes can be and how important it is for informed, concerned citizens to exercise their right to vote.

Your vote is important in every election. But in some situations, it can be the difference between whether a candidate you support wins or loses, or whether a tax you oppose is approved or rejected.

Remember that, we urge you, the next time an election is scheduled.

 
 

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