Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Every vote counts

Every vote counts.

We say it every election cycle, but people seem to always forget this. An election with a close result is good reminder — every vote counts.

In Del Rio, the Republican party had a close election for the county judge candidate. This week, after an electronic recount Laura Allen was declared the winner with 693 votes. Her opponent Dr. Robert C. Overfelt had 691 votes.

Election day was several week ago and the numbers have changed a bit. I recall the initial tally had Allen ahead by a single vote. Yes — one vote.

Close returns are tough. What ifs abound?

What if more people had turned out at the polls on election day?

What if the losing candidate has just convinced two more people to show up at the polls and vote?

What if more people had turned up at the polls?

Our county seemed to have a low turnout. There were no lines at my polling precinct. There were no hot races like a presidential election or a county sheriff's race on the ballot. Those two tend to attract larger numbers to the polls.

This year, there were several gubernatorial candidates to choose from, but it didn't seem to create a large turn out on election day. There were plenty of county seats on the ballot, but this also did not motivate more voters to cast a ballot.

The election results are a good reminder that every vote counts. Literally, your vote could make or break a change in government. So, don't forget to vote in the next election.

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