Not long ago I read where one person
was telling another that their vote wasn’t going to count because they were
voting to “cancel out their vote”. In other words, this person didn’t like the way the other
was voting so they were going to see that their vote didn’t count by voting
for the opposite candidate. This
seemed a little confusing to me. If
one person can vote to cancel another person’s vote, then which person is
doing the canceling? Is it the one
who threatens to cancel the other’s vote first or the one who gets to the
polls last? If this were the case,
we could all get our families together and determine who is canceling out
who’s vote, count up the votes not cancelled, and save time and energy by just
sending only those people who haven’t been cancelled out to the polls.
Why should we vote? Is it so that we can get some free time off from work to go vote? Is it because for those who are unattached, there is a possibility, however slight, that you might meet the love of your life standing in line at the polls? Actually, I think that a lot of people have spent a lot of money to buy our votes so let’s disappoint them by voting our consciences.
All humor aside, this sort of
thinking about canceling votes or voting for the wrong reason makes people think
that their vote doesn’t count. It
is a well-known fact that one vote can make a difference and a whole group of
people deciding to make a difference can change an election.
Here are just a few examples of the value of one vote:
1645 - One Vote gave
Oliver Cromwell control of England.
1649 - One Vote caused
Charles I of England to be executed.
1776 - One Vote gave
America the English language instead of German.
1800 – One Vote gave
Thomas Jefferson the presidency over Aaron Burr
1845 – One Vote gave
Texas and Washington statehood
1876 - One Vote changed
France from a monarchy to a republic.
1876 - One Vote made
Rutherford B. Hayes the President.
1923 - One Vote gave
Adolph Hitler leadership of the Nazi party.
1941 - One Vote saved
Selective Service just weeks before Pearl Harbor.
These are a few of my
reasons for voting:
-I vote because there are other countries where people are not allowed
the freedom to vote at all but must live in fear and oppression.
-I vote because in some nations, many risk their lives just to go cast
their ballot. I can do it freely
without fear and I should not take that freedom lightly.
-I vote because we have a say in who gets hired to represent us and we
pay their salary. If we don’t
participate, we shouldn’t have the right to complain.
-I vote because I am a woman and my grandmothers before me were not
allowed the freedom to vote. Some
women were even jailed trying to achieve that right.
(Women gained the right to vote in 1920)
-I vote because my father, my father-in-law, and my brother went in
harm’s way to keep our country free so that I could continue to vote.
-I vote because our country was founded on the principles of freedom and
democracy. I believe we should live up to our legacy and exercise our right to
I vote because our ancestors fought and died that we might live in a
country where we have the freedom to vote.
-I vote because many more are still dying every year, every month, and
each day for a taste of the freedom we take for granted.
-I vote because I am thankful for the opportunity and grateful that we
live in a country where we can vote.
-I vote because God has given us that right and told us to be involved
and to pray “for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and
is a very important activity that should be taken seriously. The
candidates should be considered for their experience, ability, and past voting
record if they have previously held office.
An election is not a popularity contest. After
all, if we were to have brain surgery, wouldn’t we choose a doctor who had
experience, ability, and had a past record of successful surgeries.
I suspect that we would consider his looks or popularity of little
1770, there were some words written by Alexander Tyler that we would do well to
democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist
until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public
treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates
promising them the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that
a democracy always collapses over a fiscal responsibility, always followed by a
dictatorship. The average of the world’s great civilizations before they
decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From
(1) bondage to spiritual faith; from (2) spiritual faith to great courage; from
(3) courage to liberty; from (4) liberty to abundance; from (5) abundance to
selfishness; from (6) selfishness to complacency; from (7) complacency to
apathy; from (8) apathy to dependency; from (9) dependency back again to
Alexander Tyler, in his 1770 book, Cycle of Democracy
country has lasted well over 200 years because God has allowed it to be so.
We have kept our spiritual faith, liberty, and courage for many years.
Yet, I wonder where do you think we are in this cycle of democracy today?
your vote does count and nobody can cancel it out because each vote stands for a
person and every person has value. See
you at the polls!
a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”
- Benjamin Franklin
following article was written a long time ago, yet I think it has a lot to say
to all of us in this election year. It
could well have been written today. As you read, think seriously about what it
says to all of us in the times that we live.
When you get to the end, I think you will be surprised to see who wrote
the article. (Pam)
will be conceded that every man's first duty is to God; it will also be
conceded, and with strong emphasis, that a Christian's first duty is to God. It
then follows, as a matter of course, that it is his duty to carry his Christian
code of morals to the polls and vote them. Whenever he shall do that, he will
not find himself voting for an unclean man, a dishonest man.