All votes matter

Liberals would like for the American people to think that Joe Biden won the White House by a landslide.

He didn’t.

His 7 million margin in the popular vote meant nothing. Trump actually lost by fewer than 44,000 votes.

Presidents are elected by the Electoral College, thanks to the genius of the Founding Fathers.

It takes 270 to win. Biden got 306 electoral votes.

But, a tiny difference of just 7,500 votes in three states would have made Donald Trump president for a second term.

Trump lost Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin by a total of 43,560 votes. If half, or 21,780, had switched, Biden would have lost those three states and had 269 electoral votes.

Given all the opportunities for theft, including mail-in voting, early voting and voter ID not being required – plus plain old human error – it would be disturbingly easy for 7,500 votes to be stolen, lost or miscounted among the hundreds of precincts in three states.

That’s why every vote counts, and election integrity is important.

There have been a number of important elections in which one or a handful of votes made the difference.

In 1876, the presidential election was between Rutherford Hayes and Samuel Tilden. Tilden won the popular vote by 250,000. But when the electoral votes were counted, Hayes had 185 votes, while Tilden could only claim 184 and lost by one vote.

Every vote counts, if the votes are counted honestly.

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd was born in Jacksonville. Graduated from the University of North Florida. He spent nearly 50 years of his life in the newspaper business …beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor for Florida Times Union. He has also been published in a number of national newspapers and magazines, as well as Internet sites. Married with children. Military Vet. Retired. Man of few words but the words are researched well, deeply considered and thoughtfully written.


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