Your Vote Matters! These Recent Races Were Decided By A Margin Of A Single Vote

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Despite the common feeling that a singular vote doesn't really matter, numerous elections have been decided by just one.

It seems that a steady, if not increasing, number of Americans believe their vote doesn’t really matter, leading many to stay away from the polls on election day.

But NPR put together a host of elections that were decided by just one vote, showcasing that every vote matters.

> "I feel like my voice doesn't matter," Megan Davis, 31, of East Providence, R.I., told NPR. "People who suck still are in office, so it doesn't make a difference."

But take a look at the following examples, and remember to hit the voting booth on Tuesday:

> 2018: The Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive in July was decided by just 17 votes.

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> 2017: A Virginia House of Delegates race ended in a tie out of more than 23,000 votes cast. The tie was broken by pulling a name, placed in a film canister, out of a bowl. Republican David Yancey was declared the winner. The result was heightened by the fact that the win gave Republicans control of the state House by a single seat.

> 2016: A Vermont state Senate Democratic primary was determined by a single voteout of more than 7,400 cast.

> 2016: A Vermont state House seat was determined by one vote out of 2,000. Here's what's really crazy: This was a rematch, and when they first faced each other in 2010, the race was also decided by one vote— in the other direction.

> 2016: A New Mexico state House seat was decided by two votesout of almost 14,000.

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> 2016: The margin on Election Day for a GOP primary for the U.S. House for the 5th Congressional seat from Arizona was just 16 votes, but it widened to 27after a recount.

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> 2016: A Wyoming state House GOP primary was decided by just one vote, 583 to 582.

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> 2010: A state House race in Massachusetts ended in a tie, and the courts ordered a do-over. In the rerun, Republican Peter Durant wound up winning by just 56 votesout of about 8,000 cast.

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> 2010: A state House race in Vermont was determined by one vote; another had a one-difference vote on Election Day, but was later widened to two).

Check out more examples here — some date as far back as the 1800s.

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