Elections: Every vote counts, so be counted

Still think your vote does not matter? Take a look at what happened in Virginia last week, when a three-judge panel ruled the race between Democrat Shelly Simonds and Republican Del. David Yancey for a seat in the Virginia House ended in a tie — an 11,608 to 11,608 tie. The winner will be determined by having his or her name drawn out of a bowl.

In this race, the stakes are much higher than simply for the individuals hoping to win. Control of the Virginia House will be determined by the Board of Elections picking a winner at random. If only one more person had decided to vote, matters would be settled.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of folks willing to vent their political spleens on social media — often in the most nasty, judgmental tones available. Are they all registered voters who will cast ballots in the very important elections coming our way next year?

Elections in 2018 will give voters an opportunity to DO something about the concerns they have expressed over the past year or so. And as we have seen in Virginia, every single voter does make a difference.

While it is true every election is important, and many are labeled as the “most important” in any given era, Bloomberg View writer Francis Wilkinson notes “the 2018 midterm election makes a stronger case for a superlative label than most presidential elections.”

Elections matter, and voters — all of them — make a difference in those elections.

Do your research, and plan to vote, ladies and gentlemen. We cannot let our political future be drawn out of a hat.