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One year, long ago, in a small rural New York village everyone running in the local election was running unopposed.

The town prankster spent election day in the bar across the street and counted the number of local citizens that entered the polling place.  

Including the poll workers the number of voters that day was eight (8).

Just before the polls closed the town prankster rounded up a dozen of his drinking buddies who proceeded to go the the polling station and write in votes for all of the races.

All of the unopposed politicians were defeated, including the prankster's father who was running for mayor that year.

This is a true story.

The moral of the story is to always vote, no matter how inconvenient, no matter whether or not you think it will make a difference.

The other moral of the story is:


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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Knock, knock...who is there? -- One more vote for Obama.

    by NCJim on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 12:39:16 PM PST

  •  my grandfather lost an election (0+ / 0-)

    He was a sheriff for a decade in a small Texas county. One year, people just were complacent(and it was deer hunting season) and did not vote. He lost by about 58 votes. He was so mad that his home precinct was lost, he refused to be buried in the cemetery of generations of his pioneer ancestors, and was instead buried in town(many years later). He was re-elected in the next election, served 22 total years.

    But really, folks, after the Tea Party mess of 2010, we know how much votes count.

    George W. Bush: the worst Republican president SO FAR.

    by Chun Yang on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 02:36:14 PM PST

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