The VERY long race for the Presidency is over. On election day, I posted on Twitter a simple truth about how I decided who to vote for.

I voted for the 1 in 88. Speak up for what you care about. Vote, Please vote.

Surprisingly, it was picked up and retweeted all over the place! It took me a bit to figure out why, but here's what I think:

I think we've forgotten how powerful we actually are. Think about this: 1 in 88 people in the U.S. are diagnosed as being on the Autism Spectrum -- approximately 2.6 million people. If each one of that 2.6 million has at least two other people who care about them, then 7.8 million people are directly affected by Autism.

7.8 million people in the U.S. ! Let's put it in perspective:

7.8 million people were left without power in the wake of Hurricane Sandy
7.8 million people visited parks in Virginia in 2012
7.8 million people of voting age have been naturalized since 2000
7.8 million people is the number of people living in Switzerland

7.8 million people is the number of people living in Israel
7.8 million people in the U.S. have food allergies
7.8 million are the number of businesses in the U.S. owned by women

Its a LOT of people. What if all 7.8 million of us (and lets face it, there's a lot more of us than that) voted for a candidate based on who is best for the 1 in 88 ? Would candidates court us? Would we influence the national political discourse?

There's no doubt -- we have a lot more power than we know. Our voice is stronger than we realize. I'm still thinking of ways we could speak out.

I'd love to hear your ideas!