Monday, January 12, 2009

Your Vote Does Matter

Minnesota is in the process of finishing a lesson in civic responsibility.

Before the November election, "Da Kid" questioned whether it was worth the effort to vote since her vote "really doesn't make a difference". Of course we reminded her of Florida in 2000 but she responded with "yeah, but how often does something like that happen".

Well, it happened again here this year. Al Franken has been declared the winner of Minnesota's Senate race by less than 100 vote out of over 2,000,000 cast. He was NOT the leader going into the recount. Even if Norm Coleman eventually wins his court challenges, margin will be less than 200 votes.

WOW! We do make a difference.

(and no, I am NOT saying who I voted for!)


Leon Basin said...

Great post! I enjoyed reading this.

Freewheel said...

Too bad Ventura didn't run.

jj mollo said...

I do think there's a reason why this happens. As voter analysis gets better and better, candidates shift their positions in order to pick up select demographic groups. I used to do some survey work with this years ago. We had some very precise group descriptions that had nicknames like "BBQ and beer", "empty-nesters". If you're willing to spend the money, you can sample and resample and run focus groups with real-time feedback to try out your campaign speeches.