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Voting Is an Act of Faith

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Written by NITA Legal Editor Virginia Judd

Tomorrow, voters across the country are heading to the polls. Voting is an act of faith. It can seem pointless—you are one of millions and millions of people pulling a lever, or filling in an oval, or touching a screen. What does your one vote matter?

But what does one raindrop matter? It’s a tiny bit of water, and falling by itself it would evaporate and be forgotten in moments. Put millions of them together, though, and you can carve the Grand Canyon.

Some of our most critical elections were not decided by millions of votes, just thousands. A few thousand individuals who didn’t think they mattered. But they did.

Whatever your political beliefs, voting is an act of faith. When you take the time to go to the polls, you are putting faith in the belief that millions of other people like you are doing the same—and they are putting the same faith in you.

Keep that faith.

Image credit: By Dwight Burdette [CC BY 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons.

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