The power of 1 vote

Larry Kane
November 03, 2018 - 1:43 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There are many reasons to vote, not the least of which is the  sacrifice that Americans made in World War II to preserve our freedoms to vote. 

History and missed opportunities show that one vote counts. You don't have to vote, but missing out on a midterm or any election could cost you plenty. Our votes give the politicians the power.   

Imagine if thousands of people felt, "It's only my one vote, is it going to make a difference?" 

It already has.

Look back at the tight race in Florida, when 537 votes eventually landed George W. Bush in the White House. One vote in Congress elected President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876. One vote also made Texas a part of the U.S. And Thomas Jefferson won the presidency by one vote in the Electoral College.

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In 1920, the government gave women the right to vote — and their one votes have made a difference in politics. Indian politician C.P. Joshi should know: Ten years ago in India, Joshi lost a bid for the assembly by one vote. It turned out that his wife and mother failed to show up on his Election Day.

Lecturing someone on the power of voting, however, may miss the point if that individual doesn't really favor the joy and power of voting. 

But do you have an issue you care about — education, the environment, immigration? Talking is one thing, but exercising your right to vote is powerful. 


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