10/19/2015 05:03 EDT | Updated 10/19/2016 05:12 EDT

How One Vote Made A Difference In The 1993 Federal Election

A former Inuvik teacher learned more than 20 years ago what a difference one vote can make, and she hasn't missed voting in an election since.

On election day 1993, Christy Black was headed out for dinner with her grandfather, but warned him that she didn't want to miss her chance to vote.

"My grandparents knew that I wasn't going to vote the same way that they were going to vote," Black recalls.

"So the last thing my grandma said to me as we were walking out the door was, 'Make sure she has dessert so she doesn't have time to vote!' And we laughed," she says.

But by the time Black's grandfather dropped her off at the polling station, that almost happened.

"I literally ran in the front door of the polling station and there was a lady standing there and I said 'Am I too late?'"

With two minutes to spare, Black was able to cast her vote for Anne McLellan, the Liberal candidate in her Edmonton riding.

'Every single vote counts'

That night, as Black watched the results stream in, something "extremely exciting" happened.

"When they did the first initial count [McLellan] won by one vote," she says.

Black says after the second recount, McLellan was ahead by three votes. After the third recount, she took the win by just 12 votes.

​She says that experience has always stayed with her.

"I know that many people feel like their vote may not count, or they won't vote because it won't make a difference. It does make a difference.

"It doesn't always make that much of an apparent difference, but every single vote counts. And it was a lesson I learned very early in my voting life and I have never since missed an election."

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