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Our Opinion: Your vote does matter

Our Opinion: Your vote does matter

April 9th, 2019 in Opinion

If you ever doubted that your vote matters, consider last week’s Holts Summit Board of Aldermen race.

Two candidates running against each other for the Holts Summit Ward 2 alderman seat each received 35 votes in the municipal election.

As we reported Sunday, The Callaway County clerk’s office certified the results Friday, following a recount.

The saying “every vote counts” might seem like a hollow cliche to some people. However, one person who didn’t vote who lives in that ward would have made a difference.

True, election ties don’t happen frequently. However, they do occur.

Last year, two candidates for the Virginia state legislature’s 94th House District tied at 11,608 votes, according to TheHill.com.

In 1991, also in Virginia, Democrat Jim Scott topped his opponent, David Sanders, by one vote. It was 6,493 to 6,492.

In a 1997 mayoral race in Ann Arbor, Michigan, out of more than 21,000 votes cast, one candidate won by a single vote.

We’ve stressed many times on this page the importance of voting as a right and responsibility. We’re all busy, and even dedicated voters occasionally miss going to the polls.

However, voting is the best way to get the government representation you want. In last week’s election, 15 percent of the registered voters determined the outcomes of the elections in Cole County.

Let that serve as motivation to ensure you take the time to make it to the polls during the next election.

And kudos to the two Holts Summit Board of Aldermen candidates: Neither wanted to have the city incur the $1,200 cost of having another election. So they’re going to settle the matter with a coin flip.

News Tribune