On 8 November 2022, Americans will vote for all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, one third of the seats in the United States Senate, the Governorships in some States and U.S. territories, and for State and local offices. The ability to vote exists as one of the most cherished rights that our forefathers fought for, marched for, and died for.
Many voters have asked the question, does my vote really count? We have seen many examples throughout our history that your vote really does count. In 1776, just one vote resulted in the United States adopting the English language instead of German, just one vote in 1845 resulted in Texas becoming a state in the United States of America, and in 1960 it was just one vote per precinct in four states that resulted in the election of John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
Voting in any type of election from the local school board to presidential primaries, provides an avenue to voice your opinions regarding elected leaders and overall policies. Voting also helps decide your own future by electing persons who might reflect similar views. So when you ask the question, does my vote really count, remember your vote or the votes of other you’ve influenced could be the vote that makes a very significant difference in all of our lives.
Contact your Unit Voting Assistance Officer if you have questions, concerns or require voting assistance to request and cast your absentee ballot.