In the spring 2002 issue of The Independent Review Cecil E. Bohanon and T. Norman Van Cott properly dispelled the notion that every person’s vote matters—an idea that many pundits stated again and again during the controversy over counting ballots in the 2000 U.S. presidential election. They erred, however, in stating that only Florida’s votes were decisive; every state with a plurality of votes in favor of Bush was equally decisive.

Jac C. Heckelman is an associate professor of economics and the McCulloch Family Fellow at Wake Forest University.
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