As a native Virginian, I am deeply concerned with the future of my state and the well being of its millions of citizens. I take pride in calling myself a Virginian, so when Election Day rolls around, I always anticipate the opportunity to go to the polls and exercise my right to vote. Although Virginia has an election every year, 2013 is particularly unique: this year we elect a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General to oversee the Commonwealth of Virginia. So when I awoke this morning, I wished my family a Happy Election Day and gladly headed to the polls.
My experience on Election Day was smooth and efficient. I arrived at McKinley Elementary School – the same school I attended as a child—around 10 AM to find a line already forming inside. I saw my neighbor already in line waiting to cast her vote. She was regretting not calling us to ask if my mom and I wanted to carpool to get to the polls. But we each went separately. There was a cue for the ballot boxes- manned by several volunteers, and I felt like I was in very good hands.
Off-year elections are always exciting because there are so many candidates to highlight and vote for. It is always easiest to influence policies by voting in state and local elections, where the outcomes hit closer to home. Voting is the easiest way to make your voice heard. So when I cast my ballot today, I knew the wait would be worth it. I had empowered myself to exercise my vote and make sure Virginia’s leaders would stand up for my interests. Plus, I got a cool “I Voted in Arlington” sticker out of it!
So to my fellow Virginians, hear this message loud and clear: No matter who you are voting for, get out there and ROCK THE VOTE!
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