NICK EICHER, HOST: You often hear that every vote counts, and sometimes you see vivid proof.
Take the recent City Council election in Boston.
One council seat wound up with only an eight vote difference between Julia Mejia and closest rival Alejandra St. Guillen.
Of course, with just eight votes separating the candidates, that triggered a recount.
And after three days of recounting and nail-biting, the margin didn’t get any better. It actually shrank.
The final tally: Mejia 22,492 votes—St. Guillen, 22,491.
So out of something like 67,000 ballots cast, a single vote decided the election!
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