YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT

About a year and a half ago, I visited the local Register of Voters in my county to re-register to vote, after I just moved into my first apartment. I walked to the front desk and right next to the voter registration forms was a colored piece of paper that caught my eye. I picked it up and read this piece of paper and liked it so much I asked the lady at the front desk if I could possibly keep it, of course the girl said ‘yes’, so I took it home with me and taped it on the wall next to my computer desk…

If any of you have friends or family members that refuse to vote third-party because ‘they think they’re wasting their vote’, or to those that don’t even consider voting or politics to be important at all- I recommend you show them THIS-

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YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT

IF YOU EVER THINK YOUR VOTE DOESN’T MATTER MUCH, PERHAPS THE FOLLOWING WILL CONVINCE YOU OTHERWISE…........

VALUE OF ONE VOTE

In 1645, ONE VOTE gave Oliver Cromwell control over England.
In 1649, ONE VOTE caused Charles I of England to be executed.
In 1776, ONE VOTE gave America the English language instead of German.
In 1839, ONE VOTE elected Marcus Morton Governor of Massachusetts.
In 1845, ONE VOTE brought Texas into the Union.
In 1868, ONE VOTE saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.
In 1876, ONE VOTE gave Rutherford B. Hayes the Presidency of the United States.
In 1876, ONE VOTE changed France from a Monarchy to a Republic.

In 1923, ONE VOTE gave Adolph Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.

HOW IMPORTANT IS ONE VOTE?.......YOUR VOTE CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE.

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(1) REGISTER (2) STAY INFORMED (3) VOTE

20 Responses to “YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT”

  1. Jim Paprocki Says:

    This leaflet makes the common mistake of stating that Andrew Johnson was not impeached. The fact of the matter is that President Johnson was impeached by the House of Representatives. He was was saved from conviction and removal from office in the Senate by one vote.

  2. Seth Says:

    The leaflet is wholly misleading.

    Except for 1839 in Massachusetts, all of those “one vote” margins were cast by small repesentative or deliberative bodies, not by the public at large, so they’re not even relevant.

    They’re all debunked at http://www.snopes.com/history/govern/onevote.htm

    A more accurate list of close elections, with margins of less than 1 vote in 1000, is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_narrow_elections

  3. Roscoe Says:

    Seth is absolutely right…one vote makes no difference in any but the smallest municipal elections. And how was Massachusetts changed by Mr. Morton winning and not his opponent? Any chance Ted Kennedy wouldn’t be Senator today if Mr. Morton had lost?

  4. Otto Kerner Says:

    Well said, Seth.

    Also, everyone knows that the German-as-official-language-of-the-U.S. story is a myth.

  5. Trent Hill Says:

    “On 18 January 1961, in Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania), the Afro-Shirazi Party won the general elections by a single seat, after the seat of Chake-Chake on Pemba Island was won by a single vote.”

    “In 1839, Marcus “Landslide” Morton was indeed elected governor of Massachusetts by one vote. Of the 102,066 votes cast by the good people of that state, he received exactly 51,034. Had his count been 51,033, the election would have been thrown into the Legislature, where he probably would not have won.
    “Landslide” also made the record books in 1842 when he won the same office again by one vote, this time in the Legislature. (In those days, Massachusetts governors were elected for terms of one year.) ”

    “Andrew Johnson retained his office by one vote. The final tally against him was 35 to 19, but a two-thirds majority of the votes cast was needed to oust him from office, thus a 36-to-18 result was required. ”

    “In 1845, the U.S. Senate passed the convention annexing Texas by two votes (27-25), not one; and it entered into force only after ratification by the Texas Congress and voters.”

    Even so, this is enough for me. Consider how close the election was in Florida/Ohio in recent years.

  6. Richard Winger Says:

    That “German language” thing was actually a one-vote margin in the Pennsylvania legislature to recognize German as an equal official language along with English. Since it only affected Pennsylvania, and didn’t pass in any event, it has been misunderstood.

    Nevertheless, there have been several state legislative elections in just 2004 and 2006 that were decided by just one vote, and even ties in state legislative elections in the last decade. The generalization is definitely true for state legislative elections. Also the official November 1974 New Hampshire US Senate returns showed only a 2-vote margin between the Dem & Rep candidates. The recount was so messy, the state finally gave up and held a special new election for that post.

  7. Cody Quirk Says:

    ...In conclusion, one vote DOES matter!

  8. undercover_anarchist Says:

    So in other words, we should only vote for Republicans or Democrats because only they have a chance of winning…

    Except in the eyes of Libertarain bloggers who think “this year is going to be different.” haahaha.

    No, the truth is that your one vote WILL NOT determine the outcome of the election. Your one vote is your opportunity to express your First Amendment rights by standing up and being counted for that in which you believe. Don’t waste it by believing it will determine the outcome of an election. That’s fucking retarded.

  9. georgia Says:

    All of these are Urban Legends and false

  10. Trent Hill Says:

    UA,

    It CAN determine the outcome of an election. Perhaps it wont,but the possibility is there.

    As for “Republicans or Democrats because only they have a chance of winning”

    There are something like 1000 offices held by non-major party members. 7 State legislative seats. Hell, two senate seats (although Bernie Sanders and Joe Lieberman both Caucus with the Dems). Ventura won a governorship in Minnesota a while back. George Wallace got 40-sumthin odds electoral votes in 1968. Ross Perot pulled off 18.9% in 1992 (and could have done much better had he not dropped ou of the race,then rejoined). Third party politics affect a GREAT deal of things.

  11. undercover_anarchist Says:

    Third party politics affect a GREAT deal of things: Yes, but NOT BY WINNING ELECTIONS. That’s my point.

  12. undercover_anarchist Says:

    I’m sure your racist hero George Wallace still inspires you to vote for hatemongers to this day, and I agree that your fascist viewpoints should be reflected in the candidates from which we have to choose, but thankfully, theocratic Nazis like the CP stand no chance of winning elections outside of backwater sister-fucking states like MT. You’ll have to settle for a kinder, gentler, more multi-cultural form of GOP fascism, and I’m sure that really burns your biscuits.

  13. matt Says:

    These are the 3rd party fascists, UA.

    http://falange.us/

    10% of the CP would be well served to calm down a little, but that’s true for nearly every political organization known to man.

  14. Cutty Sark Says:

    There’s a nazi behind every booth.

  15. Trent Hill Says:

    UA,

    I was just sitting in my living room, thinking to myself. “Could UA get any stupider?” and here you come. Surprising me again. I swear, you deserve a medal. Or are medals fascist too? Are they racist?

    You could not SERIOUSLY be this dense.
    “Third party politics affect a GREAT deal of things: Yes, but NOT BY WINNING ELECTIONS. That’s my point.”

    Ohk, did you miss the whole point about 600 elected third party politicians? Did you miss the part about Jesse Ventura being elected governor? How about the part about 7 state legislators? Jesus christ. Obviously SOME third party’s can get elected officials. Otherwise these stats would not exist.

    “I’m sure your racist hero George Wallace still inspires you to vote for hatemongers to this day”
    I never stated my opinion about George Wallace at all. Your assuming. You know what happens when you assume right? You make an ASS out of U and ME. Mainly you.

    “theocratic Nazis like the CP stand no chance of winning elections outside of backwater sister-fucking states like MT”
    A.)We arent theocratic.
    B.)Nazi’s? This isn’t worth addressing.
    C.)Did you just call me racist, and then make a bigoted remark like “sister-fucking states like MT”. It shows your ignorance UA.

  16. Cutty Sark Says:

    Medals are most definitely racist. They are totally segregated by color. They simply don’t allow the gold to mix with the silver, much less the bronze. There’s a cult of purity and separation when it comes to their manufacture and distribution. So there.

  17. Cody Quirk Says:

    Trent,

    UA is just a left-wing ignorant hatemonger.
    Just like Angela Wittman, he is a extremist that cannot be reasoned with and perfers to march to his own banner.

  18. Trent Hill Says:

    LMAO. Cutty, even though we often disagree. Im liking you more and more.

  19. Jeff Becker Says:

    I have heard that, in the 1976 US presidential election, one extra vote per precinct in Ohio would have put Gerald Ford in the White House. If true, I’d say that is pretty siginificant and very relevant to our mission of curbing political cynicism.

    I’ll go to Dave Liep’s presidential atlas and check it out and then post verification/debunk here.

  20. undercover_anarchist Says:

    Please do not use the word “Your” to mean you’re. It shows the redness of your neck.

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