Election Day is Tuesday. Exercise your rights to choose the leaders you think most align themselves with your beliefs.
We often wonder just how much our lone vote matters. Does it really make a difference? Without our vote this candidate or that candidate would still have won.
But a quick Google search shows us that there are a great many very close elections, not only here in the U.S., but all around the world. Many of those, literally have been ties in which one person’s vote one way or the other would have swung the outcome of an election.
Your vote does matter. If there is a large margin of victory for one candidate over their opponent, that margin of victory gives the winner a sense of just how much support he or she has in the district they serve. Close outcomes tell the winning candidates that they need to be responsive to the thoughts and preferences of those who didn’t vote in their favor. A landslide win gives the winner a sense of just how much support he or she enjoys from their constituents and how strongly they can play their own ideological hand.
Much attention has been focused on the actions of the North Carolina General Assembly over the past two years as Republicans took their mandate from voters to enact their own set of reforms. Whether you appreciate those reforms or not, you can be sure the majorities in those bodies have felt empowered by the voters to do what they have done. To be fair, that’s the same approach Democrats took when they were in power on Jones Street.
Your vote plays into that. And, unwittingly, if you don’t vote you lose the opportunity to give elected leaders a true picture of the mood of the electorate. In defense of politicians, which we do cautiously, they can serve us better if they have a true sense of where our priorities lie. If you stay home on Election Day, the winners can’t divine what you would have them do.
So, yes, again. Your vote matters, Whether you vote for a winner or a loser, your vote matters. But only if you take the time to cast it on Election Day. We’ll see you at the polls.