Comment of the Day

Reader: Your vote counts even more on local races than national ones

Yesterday, Westword contributors Josiah M. Hesse and Chris Utterback went head to head over the upcoming election on the question of whether it's worth your time to vote, with Hesse saying no and Utterback saying yes. Below, one reader marks his ballot for Utterback's view by offering an argument with local flavor.

rain writes:

Remember: Don't just vote the top of the ticket. Vote the local races, too. They matter and are often decided by a small number of votes, as the CD2 example above shows.

A single individual's vote may or may not decide a race, but a lot of individuals' votes? That's an election. Or, to give another analogy, no single snowflake is all that special, but together? Now you've got a ski run -- or an avalanche.

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