WXYZ Editorial: On Tuesday, November 8th, make your VOTE count!

Posted at 5:20 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 17:28:40-04

Some Michiganders have already filled out and submitted their absentee ballot.   But most, we hope, are waiting to vote in person on Tuesday, November 8th.   This may be the most important ballot you have ever cast and we are firm believers that every vote counts!   

It’s no secret why American democracy has lasted so long and has become the leading example for the rest of the world.  We are federal, state and local governments in which the supreme power is vested in the people through a system of free elections.  Let us never take our constitutional rights and responsibilities for granted!   


Why vote?  Consider a little American history.  


  • Way back in 1832 Republican Henry Clay carried the State of Maryland by 4 votes over Democratic President Andrew Jackson who was easily reelected. 


  • A 1980 state House race in Utah where a candidate won by one vote.  



  • A 1970 state House race in Missouri and Rhode Island where the victors won by one vote. 


  • A 1948 Texas Senate Democratic Primary where the winner was declared by 87 votes.  His name, Lyndon Johnson. 


  • More recently, there was the 2008 Minnesota see-saw battle between Norm Coleman and U.S. Senator Al Franken.  


  • And, of course, who will ever forget that President George W. Bush’s victory over Al Gore was so narrow it ended up being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. 


 On Election Day, VOTE!  And if you don’t, you have no reason to complain about your representation. 


I’m Mike Murri, V.P. & General Manager

Broadcast: November 3 - 6, 2016