Your vote counts.
It really does.
In fact, it counts a lot.
Issue 45 in Summit County, the Manchester school district's 5.99-mill additional levy, is winning by just one vote.
Yes, that's right, one, single, solitary, teeny-weeny, little vote.
The final count at this time, at least before the obligarory recount because of the closeness of it, is 1,302 votes to 1,301.
There was a total of 2,603 votes cast on the issue and it came within one vote of being split right down the middle – a dead-even tie.
If this were football, the difference would be one team kicking an extra point following a touchdown, and its opposition missing the kick. In basketball, this would be a buzzer-beater, a basket – maybe even a three-pointer – being scored as time expired.
In an election, it's one person deciding to go to the polls and cast a vote. Or another person deciding not to go to the polls and cast his vote.
We've all been there. We have all at least contemplated not going to the polls on election day. In fact, a good number of us have probably followed through on that contemplation. We were too busy, too tired, too this or too that.
We use as excuses not to vote and think, "aw, come on, it's just one time, one vote, one election. No one will ever know the difference if we show up or don't show up."
Throughout the Manchester community the day after the election, the closeness of the school levy vote was a real eye-opener. No one on either side of the issue expected it to be decided by one vote. For to do so would be silly. After all, it's nearly a statistical impossibility that it will, so why give it even a thought?
The people who were for the levy and went to the polls for whatever reason, heaved a sigh of relief that they did. And the people who were against the levy and didn't go to the polls for whatever reason, were kicking themselves that they didn't.
Their vote – that one vote – really, truly mattered.
The seemingly statistical impossibility became not just a possibility, but a cold, hard fact.
Jim Miller, the principal at Manchester Middle School, immediately saw it as a teaching moment.
"I told all the teachers that it was a great civics lesson. One vote really does matter," he said.
It always did, but maybe we took it for granted, or maybe we didn't truly believe it in our heart of hearts.
Now we believe it. We saw it happen with our own two eyes.
How long the lesson lasts remains to be seen.
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