The Power of One Vote

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Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 we will elect the next President and Vice President of the United States along with numerous state and local officials. The people we elect will be charged with serving us for the next several years and will be entrusted with a great responsibility. As citizens of the United States and our respective home states we each have a sacred privilege, and duty, to exercise the right to vote that has been given to us and that countless men and women have died on the battlefield to protect for us.

The rhetoric that we have witnessed over the past 12-18 months has been very disheartening and at times depressing. There are those who have expressed a wish that a time will again occur when there are candidates that we can vote FOR rather than going to the polls and voting AGAINST someone.

There have been many different comments about the importance of one vote. The list below has been compiled from a variety of sources (this list is not original). Consider for a moment the following:


  • In 1845, one vote brought Texas into the Union.
  • In 1845, one vote admitted California, Oregon, and Washington into statehood.
  • In 1867, The Alaska Purchase was ratified by just one vote paving the way for the eventual admission of America’s largest state in 1958.
  • In 1868, Andrew Johnson was impeached; one vote saved him from removal.
  • In 1875, one vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic.
  • In 1890, by a one vote margin, Idaho became a state.
  • In 1916, if presidential hopeful Charles E. Hughes had received one additional vote in each of California’s precincts, he would have defeated President Woodrow Wilson’s re-election bid.
  • In 1920, one vote in a last minute decision ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote.
  • In 1923, one vote gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi party.
  • In 1941, one vote saved Selective Service (drafting into the armed services) – just weeks before Pearl Harbor was attacked.
  • In the 1960 presidential election, an additional one vote per precinct in Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Texas may have altered the course of America’s modem history by denying John F. Kennedy the presidency and placing Richard Nixon in the White House eight years earlier.
  • In 1962, the governors of Maine, Rhode Island, and North Dakota were all elected by a margin of one vote per precinct.
  • In 1994, the U.S. House of Representatives enacted a law banning specific classes of assault weapons. The vote was initially tied but one member changed his vote to approve the ban.
  • In 2000, George W. Bush won the Electoral College vote over Al Gore by receiving 271 votes, just one more than the 270 needed to win.

Please consider just how important your one vote can be. It has been said that if you don’t vote don’t complain about who gets elected. Attached for your reference are three spreadsheets – one with all of the statewide and district races in Alabama that will be on the ballot tomorrow, another with the Proposed Constitutional Amendments in Alabama tomorrow and a third with all of the U. S Senate races across the country tomorrow. The final attachment is a very astute observation given to that great purveyor of wisdom Dennis the Menace with respect to elections.

for whomever you choose but please vote.

The Alabama House will reconvene in Regular Session at Noon on Tuesday, February 7, 2017
The Alabama Senate will reconvene in Regular Session at Noon on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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