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Vote in November: one vote can make a difference!

Your vote really does count. This became more than evident during the primaries in Great Falls. The original count for House District 26 showed a 4 vote difference. That called for an automatic recount. The recount showed the candidates, Bill Thomas and Rod Lukasik, were tied. The recount was done a second time verifying the tie. In this case, the tie was decided by the luck of the draw. On Thursday, July 6, 2006, Montana Secretary of State Brad Johnson selected the winner's name from a hat.

Had one more person voted, the primary would have been decided and the candidate wouldn't have been simply the "luck of the draw."

Numerous lists have circulated on the Internet, Dear Abby, and even national speeches. Most have been sent in good faith in an honest attempt to get Americans to vote. Unfortunately, many of the lists have been more honest zeal than fact. Some of the items do have a basis in fact. You can read more about it at the Snopes.com web site, specifically http://66.165.133.65/history/govern /onevote.htm.

Both the real life example and the overzealous "lists" do point out one thing: Get out and vote. Hope to see you at the polls Tuesday, November 7, 2006.

Lynn Hebert, RN, BSN, BA
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Date:Jul 1, 2006
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