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- Why your vote MATTERS
If you choose to lower your voice, you are not represented and your issues are not heard.
YOUR VOTE MATTERS
WHY YOUR VOTE MATTERS
According to the National Geographic
1. ELECTORAL IMPORTANCE:
Your vote may not directly elect the president, but if your vote joins enough others in your voting district or county, your vote undoubtedly matters when it comes to electoral results.
2. STATE LEVEL IMPORTANCE:
Most states have a “winner take all” system where the popular vote winner gets the state’s electoral votes.
There are also local and state elections to consider. While presidential or other national elections usually get a significant voter turnout, local elections are typically decided by a much smaller group of voters.
3. RISK OF NOT VOTING
Low turnout means that important local issues are determined by a limited group of voters, making a single vote even more statistically meaningful.
CLOSEST ELECTIONS IN HISTORY:
In 2000, Al Gore narrowly lost the Electoral College vote to George W. Bush. The election came down to a recount in Florida, where Bush had won the popular vote by such a small margin that it triggered an automatic recount and a Supreme Court case (Bush v. Gore). In the end, Bush won Florida by 0.009 percent of the votes cast in the state, or 537 votes. Had 600 more pro-Gore voters gone to the polls in Florida that November, there may have been an entirely different president from 2000–2008.
More recently, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 by securing a close Electoral College win. Although the election did not come down to a handful of votes in one state, Trump’s votes in the Electoral College decided a tight race. Clinton had won the national popular vote by nearly three million votes, but the concentration of Trump voters in key districts in “swing” states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan helped seal enough electoral votes to win the presidency.
National Geographic Society. “Why Voting Is Important.” National Geographic Society, 17 Mar. 2020, www.nationalgeographic.org/article/why-voting-important/12th-grade/.