I voted this morning at my polling place in South Riding, Virginia. If you are a U.S. citizen who is eligible to vote, and elections are being held in your locality, you should go to the polls today too.
There are many important races on the ballot today. In Virginia, our entire state Senate and House of Delegates are up for election, as are many local boards of supervisors, school boards, and local constitutional officers like sheriffs and commonwealth’s attorneys. By some measures, these are more important to our day-to-day lives than the high-profile national elections in other years.
Take the time to research the candidates and issues on your ballot and make informed choices. Don’t let anybody tell you that your vote doesn’t matter. Don’t let anybody tell you that your choice is wrong. No informed vote is a wasted vote.
And let’s respect one another. I’ve made my choices—and I encourage you to read my reasons why. You are free to make yours. I may not agree with you, but as long as you have seriously considered your choices, I respect them. I hope you’ll offer me the same courtesy in return.
Please come back to Off on a Tangent this evening for live results from the races that I am following.