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Every Vote Counts!

Posted - Nov. 1, 2004 at 12:13 p.m.



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Tomorrow, of course, is Election Day. All across the land, citizens will go to the polls to cast their votes. And sadly, as always happens, some, for whatever reason, won’t make the effort. They’ll stay home. Their voices won’t be heard.

To those who waffle about exercising their precious franchise, may we remind you that one vote, your vote, really does count. Think back a year to the off-year election in Utah. Remember what happened in the Weber County community of Washington Terrace? After several careful recounts each candidate for mayor had 724 votes. One more person going to the polls that day a year ago would have made the difference. Instead, lady-luck came into play.

In keeping with Utah law, tie votes are settled by casting lots in a public meeting. In the case of the Washington Terrace mayor’s race, they chose to do it with a good old-fashioned roll of the dice. He who rolled the highest number would win. Even then it was close. Incumbent Mayor Mark Allen rolled 5. Challenger Robert Garside rolled four. One digit made the difference. The mayor retained his post.

There’ll be plenty of close races again tomorrow, predictably at every level of government. So, with this reminder that every vote counts, KSL encourages you to make sure yours is among them.

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