You’re probably thinking: “I’m only one person. What difference can one vote make?” Here’s your answer: it can mean the difference between having Donald Trump for president and having Hillary Clinton. Okay, so that’s a slight exaggeration, but it does make a difference. What if everyone voting for Bernie Sanders decided that because so many other people were also voting for him, they wouldn’t bother? Then no one would vote for him and he would lose the election.
According to two economists, Casey B. Mulligan and Charles G. Hunter, as found in a 2001 study, several elections actually have been determined by one vote. For example, in 1980, a House election in Utah yielded a winner by a tiny margin. The voter difference? 1,931 to 1,930. If that 1,931st person had decided that their vote didn’t matter, the election would have been a tie. If, by chance, 1,931st person and the 1,930th person both decided not to vote, the election would have yielded a different winner, and thus, a completely different House representative.
Even if none of this convinced you, consider this: why are you so adamant about not voting? It’s really not that difficult or labor-intensive. Even if you’re not particularly crazy about any of the current candidates or either of the eventual presidential candidates, you’re going to be stuck with one of them for the next four years, so you better take the chance to make a (however small) difference in your future.
If you're still not convinced, consider this: there are many, many people under the age of 18 (i.e. me) or who aren't American citizens who want to vote so badly but can't. Don't waste your ability to vote.
If you’re 18 by the date of the election in which you want to vote, register via your county board of elections, any New York state-based voter registration center, or download the registration form on the New York state elections website!
Make the right choice for your future and for the future of this country by registering to vote.
Your vote matters. Make it count.
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