Local history shows one vote really does matter

The Lima News

Our guess is that you don’t like someone else making decisions for you.

That’s why you need to get out and vote today.

When voters stay home they allow others to make their decisions. President Harry S. Truman may have described it the best: “It’s not the hand that signs the laws that holds the destiny of America. It’s the hand that casts the ballot.”

Every ballot question has an impact on our lives, whether it involves the Allen County Regional Transit Authority or one of the many schools seeking renewal levies.

It is important that every voice is heard. You don’t have to turn back the pages of history too far to find examples where one vote has determined the winner of an election in our own back yard.

In the 2015 primary, Randy Manns and Tom Taylor each ended the night with 205 votes in the Kenton mayoral race. The outcome wasn’t decided until two weeks later when three provisional ballots were counted, giving Manns a 207-206 victory.

In 2007, the voting ended for mayor of Harrod with Shannon Rumer and Norman Sweeney each holding down 76 votes. Also in 2007, Daniel Lambert became mayor of Buckland when he garnered 60 votes, one more than Thomas Byce.

If it’s not one vote making a difference, it can be a handful.

You could count the difference in votes on one hand when Jesse Lowe was elected to Lima City Council in 2009. He beat Kyle Lewis in the 3rd Ward, 370-365.

Then there was the legendary Lima mayoral election of 1985.

Lima saw one of the biggest upsets in the city’s history when Mayor Harry Moyer lost his job to Gene Joseph by four votes. People were shocked as many expected Moyer would coast to a win. Even today, some people sheepishly admit they didn’t vote because they believed Moyer had it locked up. Others have said they voted against Moyer because they didn’t want him to win by a landslide, not because they didn’t support him.

Polls are open today from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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