Did You Know: Week of Oct. 31, 2016

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If you think that your vote won’t make a difference, please consider the following:

  • In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.
  • In 1649, one vote literally cost King Charles I of England his head. The vote to behead him was 67 against and 68 for — the ax fell thanks to one vote.
  • In 1714, one vote placed King George I on the throne of England and restored the monarchy.
  • In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German (at least according to folk lore.)
  • In 1845, Texas was admitted to the union as a state by one vote
  • In 1846, a one vote margin in the U.S. Senate approved President Polk’s request for a Declaration of War against Mexico.
  • In 1868, one vote in the U.S. Senate saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.
  • In 1875, a one vote margin changed France from a monarchy to a republic.
  • In 1923, members of the then recently-formed revolutionary political party met to elect a leader in a Munich, Germany beer hall. By a majority of one vote, they chose an ex-soldier named Adolph Hitler to become the NAZI Party leader.
  • In 1941, the Selective Service Act (the draft) was saved by a one vote margin — just weeks before Pearl Harbor was attacked.
  • In 1948, a Texas convention voted for Lyndon B. Johnson over ex-Governor Coke Stevens in a contested Senatorial election. Lyndon Johnson because U.S. Senator by a one vote margin.

Read more about the importance of one vote.

Ready to vote? If you don't want to wait until Election Day on Nov. 8, view early voting locations and times via the Texarkana Gazette.

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