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Will Your Vote Really Make a Difference?

Updated on October 25, 2012

Both parties are urging everyone to go vote. Some ads recite how only 527 votes made a difference in 2000 in the 2000 Presidential election. Democracy is all about voting, having your say and being heard, but, are you?

The 2012 Presidential election seems to neck and neck and will decided by a few states, namely Ohio and Florida. Remember, the election is not won by the popular vote but electoral votes and 270 is needed. Each state is assigned a certain number. If the you are a voter in one of the non-decisive states, one of the states that has a historical pattern of voting democrat or republican, your vote really will not mean much. Also, some elections are won early on when other states because of time differences their polls have not closed, making it moot to vote at all.

Living in California, despite it has the greatest number of electoral votes, it has seldom, almost never made a difference in a presidential election. Its pattern is almost always democratic, so the Obama camp simply assumes it will happen. Some elections are decided within two hours of the polls opening on the East Coast, three hours ahead of the West Coast. Worse is Hawaii, which is six hours behind the East Coast. For them, why vote? For California, if you are a republican and vote for Romney, it might make you feel good, but don't expect it to go republican. Obviously, the 2012 election is not going to change anything for many states that are not swing states like Ohio or Florida.

Since many states are presumed to be democrat or republican based on historical patterns, in a pathetic sense, whatever your vote is, may not really matter, although it may seem like it. If elections were won on popular vote, then, a person's vote REALLY does make a difference and the 2000 election proves it. But 270 electoral are needed, so states determine it. What if California ends with a 51% democrat and 49% republican, why should ALL of the state's electoral votes go to the democrat's when its population clearly are almost evenly divided?


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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I think this election is going to get a huge turnout with all the passion out there. Politics has become a huge discussion among people. Lets hope the country will be going in the right direction.