Do you live in a decided district and feel unmotivated to vote?

If you live in a battleground state, you know your vote counts. What about in decided states?

It turns out your vote counts in decided states and districts too, according to a study in the peer-reviewed journal of economics and political science, Public Choice.

Conclusion: Your Vote Matters

According to its authors, Steven Brams, of New York University, and Marc Kilgour, of Canada's Wilfrid Laurier University:

In US presidential elections, voters in noncompetitive states seem not to count--and have zero power, according to standard measures of voting power--because they cannot influence the outcome in their states.

But the electoral votes of these states are essential to a candidate's victory, so they do count, but in a different way.

Their game-theoretical research looked at three factors in noncompetitive states and showed how they set up the the contest in competitive states.

Their model showed the advantages to the candidate in the noncompetitive states. In the past four elections, that candidate won.

The upshot

Their model shows that your vote counts, even if your district or state is decided.