Monday, November 5, 2012

On the Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…

On the Twelfth Day …Bayonets!
On the Eleventh Day ...The Star Spangled Banner!
On the Tenth Day …Old Glory, Our Flag!
On the Ninth Day …Sacred Rights!
On the Eighth Day …Patriots!
On the Seventh Day …The Declaration of Independence!
On the Sixth Day …The Armed Forces, Our Defense!
On the Fifth Day …The Principles of Liberty!
On the Fourth Day …Our Founding Fathers!
On the Third Day …Our Constitution!
On the Second Day …Trust in God, In God We Trust!

On the Day before Election Day our County gave to Us…
A VOTE – A Voice!

In the State of Washington there are 39 Counties.  In the Governor’s election in 2004, Christine Gregoire took the election from Dino Rossi in a third and final hand recount by 129 VOTES.

IF each county in Washington State had found just four more Republican votes, equaling 156 votes, Dino Rossi would have been Governor by 27 votes.

Voting is our civic duty, a constitutional right, a privilege that was fought for and defended by brave Soldiers, past and present.

But, can your vote really make a difference? The answer is yes.

Here are 20 elections won by one or few votes:

In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.

One vote cost King Charles I of England his head in 1649.

1800 – ONE VOTE in the Electoral College made Thomas Jefferson President over Aaron Burr.

In 1844 a farmer named Freeman Clark lay seriously ill in bed. He begged his sons to carry him to the county seat so he could vote for David Kelso to become a state senator. The old farmer got to vote for Kelso but Clark died on his way back home. Kelso won the election by one vote.

1847 – ONE VOTE elected Whig candidate George G. Dunn over Democratic candidate David M. Dobson for the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana.

1867 – ONE VOTE decided on the purchase of Alaskan territory.

In 1868, one vote in the U.S. Senate saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.

In 1889, by a one vote margin, Washington was admitted to statehood with the union.

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 1941, the Selective Service Act (the draft) was saved by a one vote margin — just weeks before Pearl Harbor was attacked.

1948 – 87 VOTES elected Lyndon B. Johnson to the Senate.

1960 – ONE VOTE per precinct in Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey and Texas, made John F. Kennedy the President over contender Richard Nixon.

1962 – ONE VOTE per precinct determined the winners for Governor in the states of Maine, Rhode Island, and North Dakota.

A 1968 state House race in Wisconsin in which the victor won 6,522 votes to the loser’s 6,521 votes; a subsequent recount found the margin to be two votes, not one.

A 1970 state House race in Rhode Island in which the victor won 1,760 votes to the loser’s 1,759 – ONE VOTE!

A 1970 state House race in Missouri in which the victor won 4,819 votes to the loser’s 4,818 votes – ONE VOTE!

A 1980 state House race in Utah in which the victor won 1,931 votes to the loser’s 1,930 votes – ONE VOTE!

A 1982 state House election in Maine in which the victor won 1,387 votes to the loser’s 1,386 votes – ONE VOTE!

1984 – ONE VOTE elected a Monroe County, Florida commissioner.

2000 – 237 VOTES in Florida resulted in the election of George W. Bush to the Presidency.


One vote can make a difference.  The difference may be a 1 in 60 million chance for a presidential race, but your one vote could be the difference in a State race, or more so, can change the course of a local election – or it can even change history!

Get your friends fired up and get them out to the polls!

A Time for Choosing by Ronald Reagan
(Oct 27, 1964) – 29:33

A Time for Choosing by Ronald Reagan
(Oct 27, 1964) – Excerpt - 4:18

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