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Here’s proof that your one vote truly can make a difference



Published: Sun, June 2, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Don’t even try to tell Brookfield Local Schools Superintendent Tim Saxton that each and every vote cast in a public election does not count. He’s armed with a quick and forceful rebuttal.

One voter in last month’s primary election tipped the balance between recovery and catastrophe for Saxton’s cash-strapped school district.

According to results certified last week by the Trumbull County Board of Elections, the district’s 4.85-mill additional, continuous levy passed by a mere one vote — 930 to 929.

ABOUT THE LEVY

The levy will raise $606,002 annually on a continuing basis, the first new operating money for schools that voters in Brookfield have approved in 20 years. Though the district remains in fiscal emergency, the new funds will provide a clear path toward fiscal stability.

That course would have been much more bumpy — and much less optimistic for the future of the school district — had one levy supporter had found some flimsy excuse to bypass the ballot box last May 7.

In a larger sphere, the Brookfield results illustrate the dynamic nature of democracy at the grass-roots level. Voting in local elections — though not nearly as sexy as voting in presidential contests — carries particularly strong impact because the results hit voters’ lives and pocketbooks directly. And that one vote can indeed be decisive.

Just ask Superintendent Saxton.


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