November 1, 2002
With elections less than a week away - and approaching fast - I have been
thinking about the importance that just one vote can play in an election. Of
course you remember how close the last presidential election was. Well, believe
it or not, such close elections are actually very common. Every vote does count,
and yours could make the difference. Securing pro-life leaders in the Senate is
especially important this election because life-saving pro-life legislation is
being blocked under the pro-abortion leadership of Senator Tom Daschle.
The attached transcript of one of my "Life Issues" radio programs
demonstrates the importance of each vote, entitled " One Vote Won’t Make a
Difference?" I hope that you will take a moment to read it, and remember on
Tuesday to vote pro-life. Your vote may have a more profound impact than you
Sincerely for Life,
J. C. Willke, MD
Life Issues Institute
LIFE ISSUES NO. 1391
ONE VOTE WON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
The election is upon us. In a discussion recently, a friend told me that
she never votes. Why bother - one vote won't make any difference. Well, I had
news for her.
But how about you? Will you vote? I'm sure you've heard the comment, "Oh,
what's the use? My vote won't mean anything anyway." You might have even said it
yourself. Well, I'm telling you, don't be too sure. One vote can make a
difference. It has made a difference many times in the past. History is full of
Way back in 1845 in the U.S. Congress, Texas became a state by one vote. In
1923, one vote in the German Parliament gave Hitler leadership of the Nazi
"Well," you say, "but those were votes of people like senators and members of
parliament...you know, important votes. My little vote at our local precinct -
it doesn't mean much."
But, again, don't be too sure. Let's take an example quite removed from this
…election. In 1976, Jimmy Carter won over Gerry Ford. The State of Ohio went for
Carter. As you know, with the electoral system, when a state has a majority for
a candidate for the presidency, the entire electoral vote from that state goes
to that candidate. In this case, Ohio's vote made the difference, and Ohio gave
the election to Mr. Carter.
But let's look a little closer at Ohio that year. Carter's margin in that
state was only a few votes in each precinct. So if only a few additional people
in each precinct in Ohio had voted differently, Mr. Ford would have been our
president, not Mr. Carter.
Let's look at another one in Ohio at about the same time. Pro-life Governor
James Rhodes beat out challenging pro-abortion Richard Celeste for the
governorship by a margin of one vote per precinct.
O.K., let's turn to 1980 when Reagan was elected, and, if you remember,
Republicans won a majority in the U.S. Senate that year. The incumbent senator
in North Carolina, Robert Morgan, had been voting consistently pro-abortion. The
challenger, John East, was strongly pro-life. North Carolina has six million
people. East won that election by 11,000 votes.
And how many pro-life senators do you think won their races that year by one
percent or less? Well, let me list them: John East I've just mentioned, Senator
Mattingly of Georgia, Senator Steve Sims of Idaho (by only 4,000 votes); Bob
Kasten in Wisconsin and Alfonse D'Amato in New York. These narrow-margin
victories made the difference in organizing the Senate and in confirming
President Reagan's judicial nominees while he was in office.
So, will your vote mean something? Certainly it will. And if there are
several members in your family, your family's vote, alone, might--if duplicated
in other precincts--result in keeping a pro-life candidate, whereas the absence
of your vote might mean that a pro-abortion person will be elected. It's that