Proud To Be a Virginian

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 at 4:32 pm

As someone who’s lived almost my entire life in Virginia, this election means a great deal to me, as it does to most voters in the state.

For the first time since 1964, Virginia is in play in a presidential election. Many residents are surprised to see Virginia shaded blue on some electoral maps. The state will indeed make history if it favors Sen. Barack Obama. But in my mind, Virginia is already making history.

Polls show Obama leading, on average, by about 4.4 percent. This is monumental because the first African-American presidential candidate might take the state and because, more important, he’s so close to actually pulling it off.

Slavery, segregation and racial hatred clouds Virginia’s past. In some parts of the state, racial hatred is still alive — a reality we’ve been forced to face this election season. But another reality has also surfaced: Virginians have looked beyond skin color to learn about the candidates and what they stand for. In doing so, they’ve become so energized about the issues that they are turning out in record numbers to vote.

White that’s exciting, it’s also worrisome. High turnout and wet weather have caused problems at polling places throughout the state.

Twenty-five percent of Virginia’s polling places use optical scanning machines. There are reports that some are acting up because paper ballots were wet and the machines couldn’t read them. There have been voting-machine malfunctions in Louisa, Petersburg and Chesterfield counties, as well as elsewhere. In Richmond and Virginia Beach, precincts opened late. Long lines in Richmond and its suburbs have reportedly created some voting problems.

Hopefully, most of these problems will get sorted out, and all registered Virginians who haven’t already voted will make it to the polls by 7 p.m. Any voters encountering problems can report them to the CNN Voter Hotline at 1-877-462-6608.

No matter the outcome, this election is groundbreaking for Virginia. My state may still have a long way to go — but it’s on the right track.



Web Smith
Comment posted November 4, 2008 @ 3:28 pm

You are responsible.

You are about to elect a President and a legislature who will give you a bigger government and more spending. Your new President will give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, drastically increase the number of H-1B visas, and eliminate E-verify at a time when millions of American Citizens are out of work. Your new Commander in Chief will keep American soldiers in Iraq against your will. Your new Chief Executive will borrow, spend, give away, and waste billions of dollars when the national debt is passing $12 trillion. Against your wishes, your new President helped Bush give $1 trillion to the banks as his parting gift. Your new President and legislature will continue to take your money and give it to someone else. No matter how much you object, neither Public Servant Number One nor the legislature will listen and will continue to implement their own agenda. It doesn't matter if it's Democrat or Republican.

You are responsible for what you're going to get so, no whining later.

Russell Voter
Comment posted November 4, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

I am a Virginian as well and hope that this state can carry Obama – and finally put an honest, trustworthy, hard working, ally-friendly President in the White House, who will restore dignity and respect to this great country.

Comment posted April 17, 2009 @ 9:47 am

What a useful post here. Very informative for me..TQ friends…

Comment posted April 19, 2009 @ 1:46 am

Virginia is on the right track, and I hope that other states will soon follow their noteworthy example of using optical machines properly. Even if Virginia walks slow, it never walks backwards. :)

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Comment posted April 19, 2009 @ 8:46 am

Virginia is on the right track, and I hope that other states will soon follow their noteworthy example of using optical machines properly. Even if Virginia walks slow, it never walks backwards. :)

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