I frequently read or hear the complaint that people don't vote because their vote "doesn't count." From the Alameda County Election Results site, I have some numbers about that:
- Total Alameda County voter registration for the June 3 election was 725,098.
- Total votes cast at the polling place? 78,753.
- Total absentee ballots cast? 138,338.
That's right - out of 725,098 registered voters, only 217,091 bothered to vote: just under 1 in 3. (The county site doesn't show the percentage of registered voters who voted in each individual contest, just for the main election.)
When you turn out and vote in a contest like that, you're a bigger frog, in a smaller pond, than you realize. A "majority of the vote" in this case could be as little as 15% of the electorate (51% of 29.94%). And those are the people who determine who will be running the joint for the next term.
So, does your vote count?? You bet it counts! And just remember - if you don't vote, and you don't like the way things go, I don't want to hear one peep out of you. You forfeit your right to complain if you don't vote.
So - next election, get your lower dorsal elevation down there and VOTE!