Lakewood OH

Every vote counts, only once

The vote on North Olmsted’s proposed 7.9-mill school operating levy was 15 days ago by this point. Yet the topic of this column is not dated. The count continues. There are 36 absentee ballots and 360 provisional ballots on which the outcome hangs. Up by 3 the night of the election, it is momentarily down by 10.

Every vote counts.

The Nov. 2, 2010 vote in North Olmsted is one for civics lessons; a valuable, timely lesson especially for high school students. A swing of a few votes … “Hey Dad, did you vote?” … could mean paying to participate in extra-curricular activities or not riding a bus. It could also mean being able to afford to pay other bills. These are the choices we make.

Both sides presented good arguments, yet either side should be able to concede those to build on future conversations. No one believes this can be the last time the schools will ask for finances. Maybe we need less absolute options in the future.

Back to the vote count – there’s no time like the present for a “Dewey Wins!” reference to the 1948 Presidential election famously called, incorrectly, by the Chicago Tribune. How would that headline be different today in the age of facebook and twitter?

Nov. 2, 11 p.m. – “North Olmsted schools win by 3 votes with all precincts reporting.”

Nov. 3, 6 a.m. – “North Olmsted schools now down by 10 votes with all precincts reporting!”

In the words of someone famous, “it’s not over ’til it’s over.”



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