22,492 votes to 22,491 votes – final count. After recounting by hand, every vote mattered. It always matters. Your opinion on a candidate remains just that, only your opinion, unless you vote.

This morning, Bostonians woke up to find out that unless challenged in court, Julia Mejia is the fourth At-Large Councillor-Elect for the Boston City Council. She won by one (1) vote. A single vote mattered.

Beginning next year, it all counts. 2020 is an Election year bonanza – the list is long:

  • GMNC Election (10 additional seats)
  • Presidential
  • State Senators
  • State Representatives

2020 is also a Census count year. This count will determine how seats Massachusetts are represented by in the U.S. Congress; it is determined by a process of ‘apportionment’.

Apportionment is the process of dividing the 435 memberships, or seats, in the U.S. House of Representatives among the 50 states, based on the state population counts that result from each decennial census.

The apportionment results will be the first data published from the 2020 Census, and those results will determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next 10 years.

Remember it all matters. Please vote; there are those who cannot, depend on it.

Five Facts: The Importance of the Census

The 2020 Census will provide a snapshot of our nation—our population, where we live, and so much more.