Election Exception Proves the Rule
On November 4, while votes were being counted all across the country, a strange thing happened in Mississippi. A woman named Janie Sisco won election as Lincoln County elections commissioner, unseating a 20-year incumbent — by just one vote.
The final tally had Sisco beating Charles Monroe Smith 1,580 to 1,579. Assuming Sisco voted for herself, she may have cast the deciding ballot in her own favor.
Sisco’s odds of having affected the outcome of the national election, of course, were vanishingly small, making the great Sisco/Smith 2008 race to the commissionership an exception that proves the rule: individual votes almost never decide elections. So why do we vote?
(Hat tip: Jim Cropcho)