Importance of One Vote

March 14, 2000

Today is election day, and I wanted to revisit my story about the importance of one vote. If you donít think your vote matters, consider the true story of Penny Pullen.

Penny and I have done radio on the Moody Broadcasting Network when she was a seven-term state representative from a suburb north of Chicago. And I also did radio with her after she was defeated in the closest election in American history. Hereís her story.

A number of years ago, it appeared that Penny lost the Republican primary on March 20 by 31 votes out of nearly 15,000 votes cast. However, there were a number of irregularities in the ballots to warrant a recount. After examining the evidence, Judge Francis Barth concluded that the election was a draw¾7,387 to 7,387. Since the election was a tie, the judge ordered a coin toss. Penny Pullen lost the coin toss.

What a heartbreak to lose by a coin toss. But thatís not the whole story!

When Penny Pullen went to church, she ran into lots of people who came up to her to apologize for not voting. Then she began to hear from many of her loyal supporters who also had neglected to vote. Many knew she would be just fine and failed to apply for an absentee ballot. Others didnít vote in the morning and then got home too late at night to go to the polling place.

Well, you get the idea. If just one of Penny Pullenís supporters had voted in that primary, she would probably still be serving in the legislature. So the next time you wonder about the importance of one vote, think of Penny Pullen.

Iím Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and thatís my opinion.