Ohioans who don’t vote because they assume their vote doesn’t matter may need to rethink that assumption.
It turns out a single vote does make a difference. It did 43 times in November.
Secretary of State Jon Husted recently reviewed 110 recounts following the general election. He found 35 races and eight issues were decided by one vote, or through breaking a tie by drawing cards or flipping a coin.
Husted’s findings show, once again, how one vote can determine whether taxes go up or who will serve in important offices, including township trustee, city or village council, school board, or even mayor.
In Hanover, in Licking County, Chad Waters was elected mayor of the village when he drew a higher card than his opponent after the race ended in a draw.
Three races in this area also fell into the narrowest of margins category.
In Beaverdam, Allen County, a council race also ended in a tie. Meanwhile, a council race in Weston, Wood County, was decided by one vote, as was a trustee race in Thompson Township, Seneca County.
Since being elected himself, Husted has attempted to boost voter turnout by making it more convenient for people to vote through expansion of early voting and absentee ballot opportunities. His office has also taken steps to keep Ohio’s voter rolls accurate and to combat voter fraud and voter suppression.
Still, many eligible voters stay home.
Our next election, the May primary, is four months away, but Ohioans who don’t vote because they believe their vote doesn’t count should find another excuse.
The evidence proves otherwise.
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