Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Editorial: The election's end is in sight
After suffering through a painful, partisan election season, Virginians finally can cast their ballots.
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Virginians who turned on a television or opened a mailbox during the last few months suffered. They endured twisted campaign ads and obnoxious mailings. They mourned as the truth whimpered and shriveled under neglect and abuse.
Take heart, fellow Virginians, today you receive your reward. Today, you have the precious privilege to vote.
It is hard not to watch billions of dollars that could pay for something productive instead be spent on attack ads. If disgust convinces someone to stay home, though, the purveyors of negativity win.
Every vote matters in Virginia. Polls have shown persistently close races here. Virginia's 13 electoral votes could determine who will be president. Likewise, Virginia's next senator could be the one who tips the balance of power in Congress' upper chamber.
Thanks to gerrymandered districts, the House of Representatives races are less competitive, but some of them have the potential to surprise.
Election outcomes should reflect the collective will of the people, but that happens only when as many citizens as possible vote.
We won't lie; there might be some headaches at polling places today. New voter ID requirements could cause confusion and delays.
Yet a little patience and preparation can help smooth the experience. Start by heading to the right polling place. Find yours online at bit.ly/pollingPlace or check your new voter ID card. When you arrive, walk past the politicos outside. Have an ID, voter registration card or utility bill ready for the poll workers inside. And have a good sense of how you want to vote. Then savor your most important right as an American.
It has been a long couple of years, especially in Virginia and the handful of other swing states. But look on the bright side. It is better to have a say in a swing state than to cast your ballot where the outcome is a foregone conclusion.