In about eight and a half hours polls across the Commonwealth of Virginia will open. On the ballot, we will find each member of the House of Delegates, the Virginia Senate, and a whole host of local and constitutional offices.
The most talked about aspect of this election statewide is control of the State Senate. Currently, the Democratic Party enjoys a 22-18 majority in that chamber. Most commentators, myself included, believe that the Republican Party will pick up several seats. The two questions are: how many seats will the GOP gain and where will they enjoy the greatest success?
Here in the Shenandoah Valley, neither the House nor the Senate races are particularly interesting. Most incumbents are unopposed and the one Delegate who is challenged, Delegate Dickie Bell of Staunton, should win handily. As I’ve mentioned, the race for Sheriff is the most exciting contest in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Of course, I’m also interested to hear the outcome of the school board race in the county too.
In years past, you would often find me outside polling places, working for a candidate or the party. This year, though, I’m trying something new. I’ll be working for Rockingham County to help oversee one of their many polling places. From 5 AM to 9 PM, you will find me at this post. It’s going to be a long day, but whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or an Independent, we can all agree that ensuring proper voting and fair play is a central element of our election process.
Anyway, if you live in Virginia, I want to remind you to vote tomorrow. Sure, this election may not be as glamorous as the 2012 Presidential race to come, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. After all, if you want to have a voice in your state and local government, now you have your chance! Polls are open from 6 AM to 7 PM.