How can it be argued that every vote was important in the 2000 presidential election?

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How can it be argued that every vote was important in the 2000 presidential election?

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a vote is a vote and to be taken serious

http://www.freakonomics.com/MulliganPivo…

Way back in 1845 in the U.S. Congress, Texas became a state by one vote. In 1923, one vote in the German Parliament gave Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.

A shift of less than one vote per precinct in a handful of states would have defeated Woodrow Wilson in his bid for re-election in 1916. A few votes per precinct in Illinois and a couple of other states and then Vice President Richard Nixon would have defeated John F. Kennedy in 1960. The same is true in elections at every level. In 1974, Congressman Louis Wyman was declared the victor in the U.S. senate race in New Hampshire, after a recount, by just two votes. If only a few additional people in each precinct in Ohio had voted differently in the 1976 presidential election, Mr. Ford would have been our president, not Mr. Carter. Around the same time, the Governor of Ohio beat out challenging candidate by a margin of one vote per precinct.

Yes, your one vote counts, and you can also influence many other votes!

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Vwgirl18

The Democrats needed all those dead people’s votes.

Macaffluent

To paraphrase Slick Willie, it depends on the meaning of the word voter. If you mean by voter, a member of the Supreme
Court, then every vote is important.

grips

The election was over about 7 years ago. give it a rest. We don’t have “do-overs” in the U.S.

brother_lu

every vote was important..

popular vote doesn’t and shouldn’t determine office

each area of the US needs to be represented equally…

kveryeffective

It did come down to a few votes to decide who was going to become president.

If more people sat home the outcome could be very different.

Bob Sacamano

The election should definitely be determined by popular vote. The electoral college is an outdated joke.

DALE M

Every vote did count and was important. Although the Democrats tried to have the military’s vote not count. Even at that Bush still won that election get over it.

Jacob W

This is an easy one. You need to understand the difference between a ballot and a vote. Every state has a definition of what a vote needs to be. For instance only “properly cast” ballots will count as votes. Only ballots cast by eligible voters will be counted as votes etc. If a person fails, for instance to punch out a chad completely, it is not a “properly cast” ballot. If the electronic machine cannot read it, it is not a “properly cast ballot”.

It is also true that you can turn a “properly cast ballot” but you selected the wrong person. That is too bad but, since it was a properly cast ballot it counted as a vote.

So you see, every “vote” counts but not every ballot. Therefore, every vote is important but not every ballot is important.

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bandit1513

In 1976 Jimmy Carter won Ohio by less than 1 vote per precinct. In 2000 George Bush won Florida by less than 1 vote per precinct. In each case, those states made the difference in who became president.

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