If you live in any of the States listed below you can still register to vote same-day at the polls!!!
It's not too late!
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All too often we hear people say they didn't vote due to the mistaken belief that their individual vote doesn't 'really' matter. Well, we beg to differ...
Since the founding of our nation, there have been 12 races that ended in a tie, 71 races decided by 10 votes or less, and 26 races decided by a single vote (that's right - ONE PERSON.)
Here is a collection of such tight races where one - or just a few - votes really would have made all the difference:
*2017: Virginia House of Delegates. The contest between Republican incumbent David Yancey and his challenger Shelly Simmonds ended with an original count of Yancey ahead by 13 votes. Following a recount, Yancey trailed Simmonds by one vote out of some 46,000 total votes. A panel of judges appointed by the Virginia State Supreme Court found a ballot to be disputed and the panel ruled the race a tie. The seat eventually went to Yancey after a random draw. Go figure. The result of this race gave the Republican party control of the House 51-49. Had that random draw gone the other way, or had just one or two more people shown up to vote and had Simmonds win, the House would have been deadlocked.
*2008: U.S. Senate, Minnesota. Al Franken defeated Norm Coleman by just 312 votes out of 1,212,629 cast for the winner! Talk about a nail biter - and for a U.S. Senate race no less!
*2004: Governor, Washington. Democrat Christine Gregoire defeated Republican Dino Rossi for the State's highest office by just 133 votes!
*2002: Connecticut House of Representatives. Republican Anne Ruwet defeated Democrat John Kovaleski by ONE VOTE in a 3,236-3,235 finish.
*2000: President of the United States: Who could forget this race?!? 537 votes made all the difference in Florida for fmr President George W. Bush. With 2,912,790 votes cast for the winner, this represents a margin of victory of just 0.009215%!!! In the same contest, fmr VP, Al Gore defeated GWB in New Mexico by just 366 votes!
*1998: U.S. Senate, Nevada. Democratic Incumbent, Harry Reid, defeated John Ensign by just 401 votes! Senator Reid would go on to be the Senate Majority Leader from 2007 to 2015. What a difference those just 401 votes made on history!
*1948: U.S. Senate, Texas Democratic Primaries: Future President Lyndon B. Johnson defeated Coke Stevenson by just 87 votes. This was LBJ's first Senate term. Had 88 people voted the other way, Lyndon Johnson may have never been Vice President and eventually, President of the United States.
And races like this have been happening since the very early days of our Nation..!
1868: US House of Representatives, North Carolina (7th District). Alexander Jones defeated Plato Durham by just ONE VOTE.
Getting the picture???
We cannot stress this strongly enough! YOUR vote - yes, YOUR vote - may be one of the ones that changes and shapes history. It has happened many times before. It will happen again. Get out and vote like your future life depends upon your vote and your vote alone. Because it just might.
And you shouldn't just vote to say that you did. You should get informed and vote your conscience. Whatever it may be.
And VoterEngage is here to help. We know time is tight, but in just 10 minutes you could discover candidates who match your interests and learn a ton about the issues at the same time.
It's simple, easy, non-partisan, and free.
Click the button below to begin discovering your candidate matches and please share it with your friends! Let's all get out and rock the vote like we've never rocked the vote before!!!!
qUOTES ABOUT VOTING & ELECTIONS
Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
John F. Kennedy
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you!
Men and women in my lifetime have died fighting for the right to vote: people like James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, who were murdered while registering black voters in Mississippi in 1964, and Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1965 during the Selma march for voting rights.
Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote.
David Foster Wallace
Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.
George Jean Nathan
This right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. It gives people, people as individuals, control over their own destinies.
Lyndon B. Johnson
For in a democracy, every citizen, regardless of his interest in politics, "hold office"; every one of us is in a position of responsibility; and, in the final analysis, the kind of government we get depends upon how we fulfill those responsibilities. We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve.
John F. Kennedy
Not voting is one of the worst things that could happen in our community. You can vote for whoever you want to, but choosing not to vote spits in the face of our ancestors who fought for our right to vote.
Otis Moss III
Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote...that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.
Democracy is not just the right to vote, it is the right to live in dignity.
American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age.
As many of you know, my team and I have been working tirelessly for almost two years now to create a Voting Application to help voters make better informed voting decisions by matching candidates and voters based on overlapping interests and beliefs. We've researched over 1,000 candidates for US Senate and House of Representatives, added stances and source quotes, and created a matching algorithm to match each voter to the candidates that best reflect their interests.
We are insanely proud of how far we've come and are greatly looking ahead to our true launch on the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Monday, September 17th!
Today, we are 'soft launching' the application to give friends and family an early look and to gather any and all feedback you may have. There is still much work to be done over the coming week, but we'd be so honored and grateful if you'd give it a try.
If you enjoy using VoterEngage, we'd be especially grateful if you'd LIKE and FOLLOW our Facebook page and SHARE it with your friends and family! It is our deepest desire to see people make more informed voting decisions and to use our helpful reminders and polling information to actually get out and Vote in November.
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Mahalo nui loa and Aloha!
- Alexander W Smith