Facts, sometimes, are not as interesting as legends.
That came to mind with the recent results of a tax measure in Woodland. Certified last week by Cowlitz County officials, the measure passed by one vote, 691 to 690.
With the city straddling the county line, the vote in Cowlitz was 675 to 674, while the measure split among Clark County voters with 16 apiece.
Notably, between the two counties there were 56 undervotes — people who turned in ballots but did not weigh in on that particular measure. Any one of them could have turned the tide of the election.
All of that means it is time to trot out the tried-but-true trope that every vote counts.
Well, except when it comes to the Electoral College, but that is an issue for another time. For now, we are intrigued by the notion that a poll of more than 1,300 people could be decided by one vote, and that brings us to one of the region’s enduring legends.