Be Counted

I live in the reddest state in America. My vote in the presidential election won’t count. But I’m voting anyway. It’s my statement – a tiny, insignificant statement, it’s true, but still my statement. I am proud to be one of the 34.35%. (Interesting they have the colors backward in this graphic)

Think about what that number means. It means that in a state that prides itself on being conservative, a little over one third of voters disagree with the majority. Each of our votes is a tiny, personal statement but together they make a larger statement. Not enough of a statement to change Oklahoma’s seven electoral votes but still an important statement – a statement to my fellow Oklahomans that their beloved conservatism is not nearly as universal as they would like to believe.

And what if everyone who is planning to stay home because their vote “won’t count anyway” decided to vote tomorrow? There is still no chance it would be enough to turn Oklahoma blue but maybe that 34+% might go up to 35% or even 37%. Dare we dream of 38%? That’s starting to look a bit more significant isn’t it? We’re more than just a handful of weirdos. Will the majority pay any more attention to us? No, they won’t. But the higher that number goes the harder it will be to deny that we exist. And maybe someday… who knows?

So anyway, whether you’re a blue person in a red state or a red person in a blue state, go out and make your statement tomorrow.

5 thoughts on “Be Counted

  1. Jaquandor

    This is why I hate the Electoral College. There are liberals and Democrats and whatever else in your state, in Texas, in Utah who deserve to hear from their candidate. And there are conservatives and Republicans in California and New York and Minnesota who deserve to hear from theirs.

  2. Nicole

    Yeah, but without the EC people in Oklahoma and Utah and Maine and New Hampshire would never be heard from at all because the big population states of NY, FL and CA would decide the election. I’m all for modifying the EC and having votes portioned based on what way your EC district votes, though.

    No matter what happens in any election, the people who back the losing candidate will always feel they haven’t been heard and their votes haven’t counted. Not true. The fact that you are allowed to vote at all is a marvelous thing and something people in some other countries die to be able to have the chance to do. Just because you don’t win doesn’t mean you should take your ball and go home. As you say, Lynn, go vote. Doesn’t matter who you vote for – simply that you vote. 45% turnout in elections is absolutely shameful.

  3. Lynn Post author

    I have read various defenses of the Electoral system – why it’s better – but I wonder if things might be better if people mattered more than states.

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