I heard a speaker recently discuss the importance of voting and that many important elections had been won by just one vote. Because this is election day, I am encouraging everyone to get out and vote. Here is a list of a few important elections that were decided by just one vote:
- In 1800 Thomas Jefferson was elected President by one vote in the House of Representatives after a tie in the electoral college.
- In 1824 Andrew Jackson won the presidential popular vote but lost by one vote in the House of Representatives to John Quincy Adams after an electoral college dead-lock.
- In 1846 President Polk’s request for a Declaration of War against Mexico passed by one vote.
- In 1876 Samuel Tilden won the presidential popular vote but came up one electoral vote shy and lost to Rutherford B. Hayes.
Certainly the power of one is significant. See you at the polls.