Election Day, Nov. 8, is just a few weeks away. To exercise your Constitutional right to vote you need to be registered, then you must vote. You may think that your one vote does not make a difference, but history has proven that it does.
* In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.
*In 1649, one vote caused Charles I of England to be executed.
* In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German.
* In 1845, one vote brought Texas into the union.
* In 1850, one vote brought California into the union.
* In 1867, one vote ratified the Alaska Purchase.
* 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 gave Rutherford B. Hayes the Presidency of the United States.
* In 1911, one vote per precinct in California passed a referendum to give women the right to vote.
* In 1920, one vote in the Tennessee legislature ratified the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote across the United States.
* In 1923, one vote gave Adolph Hitler leadership of the Nazi party.
* In 1941, one vote saved the selective service–just weeks before Pearl Harbor.
* In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected by one vote per precinct.
This list was attributed to the advice columnist Ann Landers. Since then we can add:
* In 2000, the difference in the total vote in the state of Florida in the Presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore was less than one-half of one percent. A recount was mandated by the Secretary of State. George W. Bush received the electoral votes from Florida. He won the election by 1 electoral vote; 270 were needed and he received 271.
Your vote can and does make a difference. All three CVAR locations have the voter registration materials. If you need more information, please visit the Registrar of Voters for the county in which you reside:
Los Angeles County: http://lavote.net
San Bernardino County: http://www.sbcountyelections.com