Elections have consequences: Why your 1 vote matters

Larry Kane
November 05, 2018 - 12:57 pm

Xinhua/Sipa USA


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The polls open in less than 24 hours, but there is always the question of making the time to vote.

There's a vivid reality of thinking, "I can miss this election. It's only my one vote." If everybody thought that, we would have a king or queen or a dictator in charge. 

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A question posed by writer Renee Harrison a couple years ago in The Washington Post comes to mind: She said, if you think your vote is not important, why are so many people trying to suppress it? Sometimes the politicians get a rude awakening by a single vote. 

Vigorous Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio is called "Landslide Val." He won his chairmanship by one vote. 

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But it's more than just a numbers game.

The first year I was eligible to vote was 1964, back when you had to be at least 21 years old. I was so excited. But many of my friends didn't vote, nor did they read or see much news. 

One said to me, "What do I get from voting?" He and millions of others   soon received a letter from the president inviting them for a free physical exam and possible trip to Vietnam. 53,000 Americans died there. 

Elections do have consequences.

You're not forced to make the visit to the voting booth, but not going can affect you.


This is part three in a three-part series by KYW Newsradio Special Contributor Larry Kane.