Of Votes and Counts

To state this arithmetically indisputable fact is to break one of our strongest national and cultural taboos. I have had people get nearly violent upon being told that their vote does not count.  It’s as though stating a mathematical truism is itself a moral wrong. Some people apparently want to kill the messenger.

Here it goes:

Mathematically, no single vote has ever made a difference to the outcome of any national or state wide election. By this criterion, your vote does not and has not ever made a difference.

To realize and admit and accept this basic fact is nothing more –or less –than a head on challenge to the democratic mythology that’s shoved into our collective brains throughout our lives. The mythology that your vote is important serves to keep the masses from participating in more meaningful ways, satisfied that because they vote, they are free.
A. Darius Kamali

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