The Mathematics of Voting

It is predicted that voter turnout for today's election in Kansas City will be about twenty-five percent max. Not surprising when you consider this:
According to International IDEA (Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), the United States has almost the lowest voter turnout in the world, ranked a measly 140 out of 163. Perhaps Americans are apathetic, or maybe they’re just concerned their vote is meaningless in the face of America's massive political machine. Can my vote really change the course of politics, or am I just a grain of sand on the massive beach of democracy?
Now you might expect me to bemoan the apathy of the other (probably more than) seventy-five percent who shunned the voting booth today but I am not sad at all. In actuality their apathy made my vote more powerful today because of the mathematics of voting - the fewer people who actually vote means that my vote carries more weight.


  1. I'd like to see a higher voter participation rate. But, I don't want ignorant people voting. So, I have mixed feelings about the low voter turnout in the United States. It'd be nice if more people took the time to educate themselves and participated in the process.

    1. I am with you Brian. I'd rather that the apathetic and ignorant stay home on election day. :)

    2. Hi Bob,

      It was hard to be enthusiastic about it, but I did go to the polls yesterday. I am really sick of the vicious mudslinging and wish it had ended yesterday, but no such luck! I have to go vote yet again next month for another batch of politicians! AND then there is the push to the November election.

      I am sooooooooo ready to have THE KING running things, Bob. Come Lord Jesus!

    3. So easy to be discouraged crownring. I know that many have and stay home on election day. Reminds me of this quote:

      "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. " -Edmund Burke


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