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If you ever think that just one vote in a sea of millions cannot make much of a difference, consider some of the closest elections in U.S. history.
In 2000, Al Gore narrowly lost the Electoral College vote to George W. Bush. The election came down to a recount in Florida, where Bush had won the popular vote by such a small margin that it triggered an automatic recount and a Supreme Court case (Bush v. Gore).
In the end, Bush won Florida by 0.009 percent of the votes cast in the state, or 537 votes.
Had 600 more pro-Gore voters gone to the polls in Florida that November, there may have been an entirely different president from 2000–2008.
More recently, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 by securing a close Electoral College win. Although the election did not come down to a handful of votes in one state, Trump’s votes in the Electoral College decided a tight race. Clinton had won the national popular vote by nearly three million votes, but the concentration of Trump voters in key districts in “swing” states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan helped
seal enough electoral votes to win the presidency.
Your vote may not directly elect the president, but if your vote joins enough others in your voting district or county, your vote undoubtedly matters when it comes to electoral results. Most states have a “winner take all” system where the popular vote winner gets the state’s electoral votes. There are also local and state elections to consider. While presidential or other national elections usually get a significant voter turnout,
local elections are typically decided by a much smaller group of voters.
A Portland State University study found that fewer than 15 percent of eligible voters were turning out to vote for mayors, council members, and other local offices. Low turnout means that important local issues are determined by a limited group of voters,
making a single vote even more statistically meaningful.
Retrieved from National Geographic Resource Library : https://www.nationalgeographic.org/article/why-voting-important/
NJ Ballot Bowl
The NJ Ballot Bowl is a program sponsored by the New Jersey Department of State's Jersey Civic Engage initiative and a joint effort with the ALL In Campus Democracy Challenge. It's a statewide non-partisan voter registration and engagement competition led by and for students.
Berkeley College has won the NJ Ballot Bowl for the past three years! With your support, we are confident that we will win the NJ Ballot Bowl again!
Please make your commitment by taking the pledge to vote and to help Berkeley College win the 2022 NJ Ballot Bowl!
Studies show that you're more likely to complete an action if you commit to it publicly. That's why this pledge is a way for you to maintain accountability regarding voting. So not only does voting help your community, but pledging to vote helps your school, too.
Don't Forget to Vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for the General Election. Polls Are Open From 6:00a.m. - 8:00p.m.