1. After the outcome of the 1824 presidential election between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson was in question, one vote delivered the Electoral College to Adams!
2. Texas was admitted as the 28th state in 1845 by just one vote!
3. When President James K. Polk asked the U.S. Senate for a Declaration of War against Mexico in 1846, the Senate sent the country to war by just one vote!
4. Alaska gained statehood in 1867 by one vote!
5. President Andrew Johnson was saved from impeachment by just one vote in the U.S. Senate in 1868!
6. The special commission convened to determine the outcome of the contested Electoral College in 1876 gave the presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes by just one vote!
7. One vote in 1920 gave women the right to vote!
8. One vote made Adolph Hitler the leader of Germany’s Nazi Party!
9. Had one vote in each precinct in California and Ohio gone to Thomas E. Dewey rather than Harry S. Truman, Truman would have lost the 1948 presidential election!
10. John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in 1960 by a margin of less than one vote per precinct nationwide!
11. Only 537 votes in Florida decided the outcome of the 2000 presidential election.
Voting is an essential part of democracy. It is every American citizen’s fundamental right to be able to voice their opinion and take part in electing public officials. By voting, people take a stand and help decide who represents them and how their government works. Also, citizens not only have, but with these rights come responsibilities. Citizenship means participating in the political process by being an informed and active member of society.
Now get out there and vote Republican! 🙂