Flash forward to yesterday. In a race for a seat in Virginia's House of Delegates, one of their two state legislatures, a particular race was very, very close and went to an automatic recount (details here).
The recount was held and the final vote came to 11,608 for the Democrat to 11,607 for the Republican. The race was decided by one voter who showed up on election day, not realizing how much his or her vote would count.
But wait, there's more.
That one race outcome split the House of Delegates to an even number of Democrats and Republicans. The GOP majority was lost. This will now force the Republicans to compromise in order to pass legislation, which now necessarily must be more bipartisan.
Every vote counts. Don't waste yours by not showing up. Since I became a US citizen, I have voted in every election, primary, and run-off.
Democracy is a right, but it's often threatened. Never give that up by failing to show up.