Voters often complain that in elections, their individual vote simply isn’t going to make a difference. And there is a truth to that; in most elections one single vote will not change the outcome. However if enough people ‘whose vote doesn’t matter’ actually turnout to vote, they can change elections. All of those inconsequential votes together can potentially make a difference. But how many votes does it take to make a change?
At UNR, that number may be a lot smaller than you think. Only 16% of the student body participated in last month’s ASUN elections. Several of the races were very close, with elections only being won by a couple hundred votes or less. In such a small voting population as UNR, individual votes carry much more weight. Below is an infographic we created detailing just how close the elections where, and how many votes it would have taken to completely change the outcome.
In both the Presidential and VP elections, a very small number of voters (1% and 2% respectively) would have changed the outcome. For future voters, participating in the election may have a much bigger payoff than it seems. And for future candidates, reaching those few voters who on the fence about voting could make or break an election campaign.