Your Vote Really Can Make A Difference

With absentee and provisional ballots being counted now in Alaska, at one point today Mark Begich was exactly three votes ahead of Ted Stevens in the race for Senate. That’s three (3) votes out of more than a quarter million.

But, a check at the Alaska Secretary of Statethe place to go for up-to-the-minute election return information from The Last Frontier — reveals the following:

Mark Begich Democrat 132,196 47.41%
Bob Bird Alaska Independence 11,315 4.06%
Ted Gianoutsos N/A 1,140 0.41%
Fredrick Haase Libertarian 2,086 0.75%
Ted Stevens Republican 131,382 47.12%

Now, that’s a nearly 800 vote lead for Begich. I would still submit that 800 votes out of 278,837 nevertheless represents a large amount of marginal power for a voter to exercise. No Reader, anywhere, should fail to exercise their franchise after seeing this powerful object lesson in democracy.

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.