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American History  -  One Vote

One Vote Nat'l U.S. TimeLine TimeLine Index State TimeLines One Vote Misc.
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One Vote Does Count
National and Misc. One Vote Occurrences.

"Edmund Burke warned, 'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
Each of us have the "power of one."  How would you use it?     Power of one vote.

I believe my 'one vote' lists, National, by State, and Other to be the most comprehensive listing on the internet.
Myths dispelled thanks to Urban Legends.  Last updated March, 2010.

"A vote not cast is a vote against your preferrence." - Roger W Hancock, 

"One Vote" Occurrences Organized into Three Categories

National One Vote One Vote by State Misc. - Intn'l One Vote
Actually it is not just 1 vote but is 1 vote over or shy of a majority, or 'super-majority'.
Anyone voter of the victory tally had the power to sway the victory to a tie or the opposition.
One vote is victory among many when the many have the majority. - Roger W Hancock.

National / Miscellaneous "One Vote" occurrences

Year   The One Vote --- with Myths dispelled                                     
1776 U.S.

   1 vote, according to folklore, gave America the English language instead of German.   Actually a request, made by a group of Virginia Germans, to have certain laws issued in German as well as in English was presented and the only measure rejected was to adjourn. By one vote, who knows ? 

Source - Urban Ledgends

1776 U.S.

   1 vote by Delaware delegate Caesar Rodney approved independence from England. Rodney was suffering from terrible cancer of the face. He rode through a rain storm 90 miles to Independence Hall. President John Hancock posed the question and Independence was approved as Rodney said, "Aye." With out the vote of Caesar Rodney the fight for Independence would have died.

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1800 U.S.

   1 vote in each of two state congressional delegations crossing the party line gives Thomas Jefferson the presidency, becoming our third president, after receiving a tie in the Electoral College.   Those individual votes together, prevented Aaron Burr, later charged with treason, from becoming President. The deciding vote was in the U.S. House of Representatives on the 36th ballot. 

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1820 U.S.

   1 vote lost the re-election bid of James Monroe.

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1824 U.S.

   1 vote avoiding a tie in the House of Representatives, when one member from New York changed his vote, elected President John Quincy Adams when all four candidates failed to receive a majority in the Electoral College, although Andrew Jackson received the majority of the nation's popular vote and the most electoral votes.  

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1830 U.S.

   1 vote in the U.S. Congress passed "The Indian Removal Act".

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1835 U.S.

   I vote in the Senate on December 29th passed the ratification of a treated negotiated with the Cherokee Indians moving them west of the Mississippi.

Source -  Thirty Years View; A History Of The Working Of The American Government For Thirty years; From 1820 To 1850 p.624-625 -,M1

1836 U.S.

   1 vote more in the Electoral College would have kept the Vice Presidential race of 1836 from being decided by the U.S. Senate.

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1845 U.S.

   1 vote admitted Texas as the 28th state in the Union -- the one vote of Edward A. Hannigan, from Indiana (See Indiana).  Actually the votes were a Senate vote of 27 to 25 and a House vote of 132 to 75. The one vote could have tied the Senate.  For finalization it had to be ratified by the Texas Congress and voters. 

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Urban Folklore

1846 U.S.    1 vote was the margin in the U.S. Senate that approved President Polk's request for a Declaration of War against Mexico.   

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1850 U.S.
   1 vote additional, admitted California to the union. 

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1859 U.S.
   1 vote margin admitted Oregon to the union.   

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1867 U.S.

   1 vote ratified The Alaskan Purchase paving the way for the admission of America's largest state in 1958. Alaska was purchased by the United States from Russia for $7.2 Million.

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1868 U.S..    1 vote shy saves President Andrew Johnson's term during his impeachment.  Not only was disgrace avoided but a miscarriage of justice as well. History has shown that Johnson was a victim of politics.  The tally was 35 to 19, one vote shy of the two thirds majority needed to oust him from the office. 

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Urban Ledgends
1868 U.S..    1 vote shy, the one that saved President Andrew Johnson's Presidency also kept the President Pro tempore of the Senate, Benjamin Wade from becoming the succeeding President.   - See above entry.

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1872 U.S.

   1 vote fails legislation considered by the Dakota Territory legislature to give women the vote.

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1876 U.S.

   1 vote short in the Electoral College was all Democrat Samuel Tilden needed for victory over Rutherford B. Hayes, but the elections in three states were in dispute (Florida was one of them).  Samuel Tilden had won the popular vote by a quarter of a million votes.
   1 vote by a 15 member electoral commission, newly established to recount and declare the result, secured the victory for and declaring Rutherford B Hayes President.    

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1888 U.S.
   1 vote from the Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention in Chicago effectively made abolitionist Frederick Douglass the first black candidate nominated for US president. The nomination went to Benjamin Harrison.

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1889 U.S.
   1 vote margin admitted Washington to statehood with the Union. 

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1890 U.S.
   1 vote margin brought Idaho into the Union.  

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1899 U.S.
   1 vote authorized the annexation of the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

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1911 U.S.    1 vote per precinct, in California', passed a referendum giving women the right to vote. 

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1912 U.S.    1 vote per precinct, in one state, elected Woodrow Wilson president. 

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1916 U.S.
   1 vote additional in each of California's precincts would have defeated President Woodrow Wilson's re-election bid in favor of presidential hopeful Charles E. Hughes.  

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1918 U.S.    1 Vote in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the resolution to amend the Constitution to say that voting should not be withheld on the basis of sex.

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1919 U.S.    1 Vote in the U.S. Senate passed the resolution to amend the Constitution to say that voting should not be withheld on the basis of sex.

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1920 U.S.
   1 vote gave women the right to vote, in Tennessee the last state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. 

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1941 U.S.    1 vote extended the tour of duty of the Selective Service Act (the draft), before World War-II, four months before Pearl Harbor was attacked.  The term to serve was extended from one year to two and a half years. -- It is commonly reported that the 'draft' was extended, which is in error. 

Source - Urban Folklore
1948 U.S.
   1 vote in each precinct of Ohio and California would have thrown the election into the U.S. House of Representatives where Dewey enjoyed more support than his rival -- incumbent Harry S. Truman. As it was, Thomas Dewey was expected to win the general election by a landslide so most Republicans stayed home. Only 51.5 percent of the electorate voted. Truman defeated Dewey.  

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1948 U.S.
   1 vote in each precinct in California carried that state for incumbent President Harry S. Truman, securing his victory over Thomas E. Dewey.  The same could be said of Ohio.  

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1948 U.S.
   1 vote in a Texas convention elected Lyndon B. Johnson U.S. Senator over ex-Governor Coke Stevens. He had won the primary by 87 votes.  

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1960 U.S.

   1 vote per precinct in Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Texas gives John F. Kennedy the presidency delaying the placement of Richard M. Nixon into the White House.  

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1968 U.S.    1 vote per precinct in any three states would have made Hubert Humphrey president instead of Richard M. Nixon.

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1972 U.S.    1 vote prevented President Richard M. Nixon from winning all the southern states when Virginian Roger MacBride cast his electoral vote for the Libertarian Party's John Hospers and Tonie Nathan. 

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1976 U.S.
   1 vote in each precinct in Ohio would have brought President Gerald Ford to within 4 electoral votes of victory.  Ohio had 25 electoral votes and needed 30 to win.
1993 U.S.

   1 vote saved the International Space Station project in the U.S. House.

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1993 U.S.

   1 vote by then Vice President Al Gore approved President Bill Clinton's budget that included the largest tax increase in American history.

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1994 U.S.    1 vote elected Trent Lott over Al Simpson for Senate GOP Whip.

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1994 U.S.    1 vote changed, by a U.S. House member, broke a tie enacting a law banning specific classes of assault weapons.

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1995 U.S.
   1 vote by Mark Hatfield, Republican from Oregon and the only GOP member voting no, failed the Balanced Budget Amendment bill that came before the U.S. Senate.   Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole changed his vote, when it became apparent the measure would fail,  enabling him to bring the matter back up under parliamentary rules for a vote in the future.   (see next entry

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1996 U.S.    1 vote again defeated the Balanced Budget Amendment bill as it was brought to the floor by Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole. (see next Balance Budget Amentment entry - click here)

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1997 U.S.    1 vote, short of the two-thirds, or 67 votes needed, failed the Balanced Budget Amendment of 1997. (see the first Balanced Budget entry)

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1999 U.S.    1 vote passed a $792 billion tax cut plan, only to have it vetoed by President Clinton.

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2000 U.S.    1 vote per precinct in key states gave the victory to George W. Bush, President of the United States of America.

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2000 U.S.    1 vote over the 270 needed in the Electoral College elected George W. Bush President.

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2000 U.S.
   1 vote per precinct in Florida may have made a more decisive outcome for either, George W Bush or Vice President Gore.  Having won the electoral votes from Florida George W. Bush won the presidency by one Electoral College vote. (271 total) 

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2000 U.S.    1 vote dissenting from either party, during the term of George W. Bush's administration, would have decided a split vote in the US Senate or to break a tie the Vice President would have cast the deciding vote.  (Up until James M. Jeffords changed Party {see next entry} )

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2001 U.S.
   1 vote in May, 2001, shifted the power in the US Senate as Vermont Senator, James M. Jeffords, abandons the GOP to become an Independent.  This move proved to shift the power in the senate from a tie to favor the Democrats by one vote.  Dem. 51 - Rep. 49 - Ind. 1 (Jeffords).  Republican 'control' was short lived.  In over 40 years the Republicans have never had control over both Houses and the Executive Branch. (see above entry)

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2001 U.S.
   1 vote passed the Free Trade legislation that gave the President broader authority in negotiating trade deals.  South Carolina's Representative DeMint changed his "nay" to "aye" when he secured some protection for the textile industry.

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2003 U.S.    1 vote in the U.S. Senate failed a bill that would have been a beginning change to the class action nightmare that has hamstrung the economy.

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2003 U.S.
   1 vote in the U.S. Congress passed HR2765, an appropriations bill for D.C with monies designated for a School Voucher Program. (209 to 208) The School Voucher amendment was later removed from the bill in the Senate.

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2004 U.S.    1 vote in the U.S. Senate passes the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. President GW Bush signed the law on April 1st.

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2004 U.S.    1 vote in the Senate was needed to obtain the 60% required to pass a "federal jobless benefit" for an additional 13 weeks.  The 60% was needed because it would exceed the prior year's budget agreement.  Democrat Presidential Candidate, Senator John F. Kerry failed to show for the vote.

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2004 U.S.
    1 vote more per each Washington State precinct in any county would have given a decisive victory to either Dino Rossi, Republican or Christine Gregoire, Democrat. Dino won the first two recounts, more votes were found and Christine won the third then the court declared 1700 votes invalid leaving the 133 vote spread in question but allowed Christine the position. In King County there were 1217 more votes than voters. An activist Judge, John Bridges, on the Washington State Supreme Court stole this election giving it to the Democrat candidate without a clear victory.

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2005 U.S.    1 vote passed the (CAFTA) Central America Free Trade Agreement, an extension of NAFTA by the U.S. House of Representatives in a late night vote on July 27th, 2005.

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2006 U.S.    1 vote short on June 27th failed a constitutional amendment to of the U.S. Constitution that would ban the burning or otherwise desecrating the American Flag.

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2009 U.S.    1 vote defeated Obama's universal Healthcare Bill in the Senate.

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© Copyright 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010 Roger W Hancock  Back up Top             .

Your Vote Counts ! - Power of one vote !

Considering that the number of votes cast runs in the Billions, or more, the frequency of close votes comes often.  Out of 89,000 votes cast in U.S. Congressional elections, one vote was cast in an election where the candidate won by a single vote or was tied. The frequency rate is greater in state legislator elections where one in 15,000 votes had been cast for a candidate winning by one vote or was tied.

Only 36.4 percent of voters cast their ballots in 1998, the lowest since 1942. Nearly two out of three of the 115 million eligible American voters did not bother to vote.

Between 1972 and 2000 the national voting turn-out for the 18-24 year age group declined by 10 percent.

In 1998 less than 20 percent of 18-24 year-olds chose to vote.  That is one in five.

In 2000 only 42 percent of 18-24 year-olds bothered to vote. That same year only 75 percent of those older than 25 voted.

Looking at the statistics of just one demographic, with voter turn-out being low in all demographics and with so many races running close, one can see how powerful a coalition of votes can be. Even your One Vote has an influence to increase the power of those who do vote as you would.

When you do not vote, by default you cast your vote against the person or proposal you would prefer. When you do not vote, that vote is one less the opposition has to overcome, thus your "no vote" is a vote for them. The inconveniences of voting is just one small price to pay for the liberty we enjoy. Get up, Get out and vote!

© Roger W Hancock 2004-2007

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