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Just How Close?
Tuesday, November 20, 2007

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You always hear your one-vote matters.  Is there any truth to the claim?

Every year the Roundtable urges people to register and vote. Every year since 1980, the same message, over and over again. We get tired of saying it. People get tired of hearing it.

Then every election the stunning truth comes back to haunt us. Jimmy Carter wins the state of Ohio by less than one vote per precinct. George Bush wins Florida by 537 votes. A local mayor loses the election by 14 votes, another by 250 votes. A challenger for Congress loses the race by four votes per precinct. A local school levy passes by less than 300 votes. The reports come pouring in, and with them the reminder–every single vote counts.

This year several good friends were on the losing side of those very close vote tallies. The pain of taking those phone calls is real. Taking down the yard signs after losing by a handful of votes is one of life’s most difficult jobs.

So once again this year, the evidence is in and remains more than conclusive. When you vote – it matters—in races for the Legislature, your local Mayor, city council, school levies, the US Congress and yes, even the Presidency.

Now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote in the next primary and general election. Please do it now, while the memories are fresh.

Your vote is your voice. And your voice truly matters.

Just How Close - November 20th, 2007

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