What 200,000 Voices Could Do

It’s time American voters in Israel understood our strength.

Israel has in its borders approximately two hundred thousand potential voters for the US Election this upcoming November. It’s a truly astounding number, and one that doesn’t just show the tremendous connection between Israel and the United States, but shared interest, even a shared fate.

These kinds of numbers could wield as much political influence has an entire U.S. State from six thousand miles away. Just think about that for a second.

We have the same influence on this upcoming election as numerous states in the union. That’s really something.

We wanted to demonstrate the power of Israel’s American voters. So here are some elections that could have yielded different results if today’s Israeli voters had their way.

Of course, a body of delegates called the Electoral College ultimately chooses US Presidents and the minimum amount of representatives per state is three. So imagine that Israel’s American citizens were our own state with two hundred thousand active voters and three electoral votes. What kind of changes could we make?

For starters, if we voted for Aaron Burr in 1800, Thomas Jefferson might have never gotten a chance to be President. And seventy-six years later in 1876 we could have swung the election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden.

More recently, the popular vote of the 1960 election between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon had a difference of merely 100,000. That means that if Israel put its entire electoral weight behind Richard Nixon that year, Nixon would have become President nearly ten years earlier. That means Watergate might have never happened!  That would be quite a change in history.

And no one could forget the historic 2000 Election between Al Gore and George W. Bush. As many would recall, the election pretty much came down to a recount in the State of Florida.

And if more Israeli voters from Florida voted for Gore, it’s possible that the years 2000 to 2008 would look very different.

Suffice it to say that the number of American voters that Israel could potentially muster up is extremely significant, which shows our importance in the American political landscape.