I Voted, 2013
I Voted, 2013

This morning, I went to my local polling place and cast my ballot (for the various candidates and offices that I have endorsed). There were no delays and things were running smoothly. There are reports this morning that some Loudoun County precincts are experiencing check-in delays due to a computer problem, but mine seems to have been unaffected.

I spoke briefly to one of the poll workers, who said that there was a steady stream of voters coming through, but it was pretty light (especially compared to presidential years). This is anecdotal information, of course, but it seems consistent with the turnout levels we usually expect to see in off-year elections in Virginia. For some reason, the average American tends to be more interested in the relatively remote presidential elections rather than the local and state elections that have more real-world impact on their lives.

But I digress. Every November, as I cast my ballot for my selected candidates and issues, I am reminded of how lucky we are to live under a free, republican government (small-r). In Virginia, as in the rest of the United States, we get to decide who is going to lead us. We get to shape our commonwealth in our own image. If we act prudently in making our choices, we will be better off. If we act imprudently, we will be harmed. It is up to us to research, consider, contemplate, analyze, and vote. It is up to us to pay attention, and hold our leaders accountable. It is up to us to choose leaders who respect our rights and defend our liberties.

If you live in a state that is holding a vote today, and if you are legally eligible to vote, then it is your right and your responsibility to read about the candidates, research the issues, come to a well-informed, conscientious decision, and go to the polls to make your voice heard. I have my opinions—strong ones, at that—about who the best choices are this year. I hope you’ll read my endorsements and give them honest consideration. But whether you agree with me or not, I hope you’ll take your civic responsibility seriously and go to the polls today.

And tune back in to Off on a Tangent later tonight where I will be providing live coverage as the results come in!