It’s Election Day in Virginia, and if you’re in the U.S., you’ve probably been hearing about how important (and how close) our race is for governor. Of course, that race is crucial, but it’s not the only one that is.
Here in Alexandria, this is a HUGE election, at all levels, from School Board on up to the Governor’s mansion. Don’t tell yourself “they’re all the same.” They’re not. We have candidates putting out dramatically different visions for the future of our city and our state.
So far today, I’ve worked a shift outside the polling place at our neighborhood middle school, handing out Democratic sample ballots. I have another shift at a different polling place this afternoon. The weather is exactly what we don’t want on Election Day. It’s cold and rainy and overall dismal. Bad weather usually suppresses voter turnout, but turnout was strong at the polling place I was working at. Let’s hope that holds throughout the city and throughout the state. A brisk pace of early voting in the past few weeks gave us a good start, but today’s turnout is key.
Have you voted yet? Decisions are made by those who show up. If you live in Virginia — or anywhere that’s having an election today — get out and VOTE!