Your vote does matter

One of my least favorite statements that people make is “it’s not like my vote is going to matter”.  What these people are usually talking about is voting in the Presidential election.  Yes, the Electoral College is a flawed system.  Sure, if you’re a liberal in Texas your vote is going to be drowned out by the roar of conservative voices in this state.  But if you check out this map of the 2010 results, Texas is shifting bluer and it can only turn blue by voting.  Your vote does matter and here’s where it will make the biggest impact:

  • State Representatives
  • Mayor
  • City Council
  • School Board
  • Bond Initiatives
  • Congressmen
  • Senators
  • Judges
  • Sales and local tax increases
  • And in many states there are ballot initiatives on things like Gay Marriage and Women’s Reproductive  rights

And those are just the ones that came up off the top of my head.  In those elections your vote matters quite a bit.  My representative Lloyd Doggett held on to his seat in 2010 by only 15,000 votes.  He got 99,000 votes in a district with a population of 651K.  So the votes of those people who showed up, mattered quite a bit.

It’s important for you to vote, not to just to try to get your candidate elected, but to make sure your state and all it’s various representatives actually “represent” the interests of its citizens.  And your vote is how you tell them what those interests are.

So, please vote, whether it’s early or on election day.  Whether it’s for my candidate or the other guy, just vote.

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One thought on “Your vote does matter

  1. It’s the classic free rider problem. Rationally, if you calculate the likelihood your one vote will determine the result compared to the benefits you gain not taking the time to vote, it’s easy to conclude that voting is irrational. To me the answer shouldn’t be “if everyone did that” (because then you’d have to somehow make a case that ones’ choice affects the choices of others) but rather that voting should be seen as a duty to maintain a free democratic state. It’s a duty we share with others, and we should celebrate and honor our ability to do so.

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