My father was involved in local politics when I was growing up. I remember posting signs, knocking on doors and handing out flyers from the time I was eleven years old. Dad was elected to two terms on the City Council before being hired as City Manager. He ran for his final elected position, that of County Surveyor, in 1994.
He won every election he ran in – except one. Today I want to tell you about the one he lost.
Dad was running for a position on the County School Board. He and his opponent were both well known in the city. Dad was City Manager; his opponent was a city police officer. Dad campaigned well. His opponent also campaigned well. In the end the race was decided by three votes.
Three votes! After Dad had conceded and put that race behind him, several of his friends confessed that, “If I had known the race would be so close I would have voted.”
Your vote counts! Never believe – not even for a second – that it doesn’t matter whether you vote or not. In this race, dominated by an ugliness unbecoming our great nation, it’s especially important that you vote. Don’t like either candidate at the top? Skip that race. In Utah the rest of your ballot will be counted. It says so right on the ballot.
Too late to mail in your ballot? Drop it off at a polling place. Or just go to the polling place and cast your vote the traditional way. Yes, there will be lines. Take a book. Or just visit with all your friends and neighbors also coming out to vote.
But vote! Your vote counts. And your vote matters.