Here are some instances where one vote made all the difference…

  • In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German.
  • In 1800, one vote kept Aaron Burr from becoming President. That one vote elected Thomas Jefferson.
  • One vote gave statehood to Texas (1845), California (1850), Oregon (1859), Washington (1889) and Idaho (1890).
  • In 1868, one vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.
  • In 1875, one vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic.
  • In 1876, one vote elected Rutherford B. Hayes to the presidency, and the man in the Electoral College who cast that vote was an Indiana Congressman elected by one vote.
  • In 1916, Woodrow Wilson was elected President by carrying one state by less than one vote per precinct.
  • In 1920, women won the right to vote by passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution. Tennessee, the last state needed to pass the amendment, ratified the amendment by one vote.
  • In 1923, one vote gave Adolph Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.
  • In 1960, John F. Kennedy’s margin of victory over Richard Nixon was less than one vote per precinct.
  • In 1968, Hubert Humphrey lost and Richard Nixon won the presidential election by a margin of fewer than three votes per precinct

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