Editorial: Get in line
Well finally. Election Day is here.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 tonight. Don’t let the possibility of long lines deter you from heading out to your local polling place to vote. If you’re not an early bird voter, don’t worry – as long as you are in line by 7 p.m., you are registered to vote, have an acceptable photo ID and you’re at the correct polling place you will be permitted to vote, according to the Virginia Department of Elections.
Your ballot will include candidates for president and vice president. You know who’s running.
It will also have some state-level decisions for you to make. According to where you live, you will be asked to vote for a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia’s 10th and Sixth Districts. Two referendums are on the ballot. One asks whether to amend the state constitution to allow workers to choose not to join a union. The other asks if you want to give spouses of emergency responders who die in the line of duty a conditional exemption from property taxes.
There are also some local races to be decided today, including those in Stephens City, Middletown and Front Royal.
If you haven’t done your homework on the local candidates or the referendums yet, visit nvdaily.com/politics to read our archived stories about them. You can also check your ballot online at elections.virginia.gov.
Once you’ve voted, be sure to wear that “I voted” election sticker – it might just help encourage others to get in line to vote.