Former President Donald J. Trump won the 2016 presidential election essentially by 78,000 votes in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. That constitutes less than 0.06 percent of the total votes cast in the election. In state and local elections, too, the race has come down to a single vote. Consider elections, there have been many elections at the state and local level where a single vote made the difference. During the 2017 race for the 94th District of the Virginia House of Delegates, 11,608 votes were cast. The result was a tie and the winner was determine through a random draw, a fate that also determined who controlled the Virginia chamber.
What this means is that your vote counts. It's important and you can't take it for granted. Among Americans of South Asian descent — a growing force within the U.S. political landscape — it may matter a great deal in several swing states such as Arizona, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, among others.
Some reports have indicated that South Asian American voters were crucial in tipping the election to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in 2020 in key swing states. This was evident not only in the outreach from campaigns to South Asians but also the record number of South Asian candidates running in the 2020 election cycle, according to Zora, a publication in Medium.