WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - As many of you get ready to cast your ballots, there's a good chance some of you are asking, does my vote even move the meter? We took to the streets to see how people feel.
That's when we ran into Angela White, who was visiting Georgetown from Mississippi. " I don't know um, with the Bush Gore election , like, the electoral college, like......."
Ah, yes, the electoral college. You probably already know you and I don't DIRECTLY elect the president. The Electoral College does. You can Google, it, but, when you get to 270 electoral college votes, you're the president. We kept asking.
A man too busy to give his name replied, "Yes it does, I'm in Northern Virginia."
Two college students were also too busy. "We're from New Hampshire so it's a swing state so I think it does," said one.
Location, location, location. Where you are translates to how much your vote really moves the meter. California has the most electoral votes at 55, D.C. is one of the spots that share the least: three. The farther down the ballot you go, the more impact. Let's review:
In 1994, the vote for Maryland's Governor was decided by 5,993 votes. That's out of 1.4 million cast.
In 2008, in Minnesota, Democrat Al Franken won a Senate seat by 312 votes, after a recount.
In 2010, Montana Republican Tom Burnett beat his rival for the House by 71 votes.
After a recount in 2010, Republican King Banaian won his Minnesota House seat by 13.
And we all know what happened in Florida in the year 2000.
Georgetown Tee's owner Mohammed Yasseri has been selling political t-shirts and stuff for 35 years. We asked him if he thinks his vote counts. "I hope so," he said. He shared with us that ever since President Obama took office, he's sold more t-shirts and knickknacks than ever before.
He also showed us his President Obama mug, retailing at full-price for $8.99. Then he showed us his Mitt Romney mug, now selling at the cut-rate price of $4.99, but that's getting off topic.
Lorie White, also visiting Georgetown from Mississippi, told us why she feels it's important to vote. "Why is it important to vote? Exercise your right. If you don't exercise your right, you can't complain."