Thinking about not voting today. Consider this story…
Once upon a time…in the big little state of Rhode Island…they were electing a state legislature.
There was a thrifty Federalist farmer who started for the polls late in the afternoon and, on the way, heard the squealing of a pig. He looked around to see the pig with its head caught in the mesh of an old wire fence.
Hogs often will kill and eat a trapped pig. So the farmer stopped to rescue the porker and was too late at the polls.
Now, wait a minute. The Federalist farmer was too late to vote…and…the election was decided by a one-vote margin in favor of the Democrats.
If the farmer had been at the voting place in time, the Democrat would not have been elected.
At the following session of the legislature (those were the days when the legislatures elected our Senators) a Democrat was sent to the Senate from Rhode Island by a one-vote margin in the legislature.
Try to keep up with this. The legislator was elected by one vote and his one vote elected a Senator.
And in the United States Senate the vote that we should go to war with England was carried by the one Democrat margin. So the Revolutionary War was fought because…a Rhode Island pig got caught in a fence. 🙂
OR what about this…
Dr. George Benson of Harding College traced this sequence: One morning in 1844 a grain miller in DeKalb County, Indiana, was walking toward his mill. It was election day, but he had work to do and did not intend to vote. Before he reached the mill, however, he stopped by friends who persuaded him to go to the polls.
As it happened the candidate for whom he voted won a seat in the state legislature…by a margin of one vote.
When the Indiana Legislature convened, the man elected from DeKalb cast the deciding vote that sent Edward Allen Hannegan to the United States Senate.
Then, in the United States Senate the question of statehood for Texas came up…the result was a tie vote.
But Senator Hannegan, presiding as President pro tempore, cast the deciding vote from the chair.
So Texas was admitted to the Union because a miller in DeKalb County, Indiana, went ten minutes out of his way to cast his one vote…just one vote.
So, take the time today and go vote. Your vote does count!
Have a great day!