Tuesday, November 8 is General Election Day. If you've left your house, read the news, or answered your phone in the past month, chances are that you know this all too well. But, will you vote?
If you're registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia, I strongly urge you to head to the polls on the 8th. If you're not sure if you're registered, or want to confirm your polling location, visit VERIS (the Virginia Election and Registration Information System). All polling locations are open 6:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m.
In Virginia we have elections every year. And this year's ballot is very full. We'll be electing members of Virginia General Assembly including Senate and House of Delegates, members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and School Board, Fairfax County Sheriff, Soil and Water and voting on a school bond. Unfortunately when we're not electing our Nation's president many residents simply don't care, and don't vote.
My fundamental belief is that if you don't vote, don't complain. And with a ballot this full, certainly you will want to complain to at least one winner sometime very soon.So go exercise your right, and responsibility. Vote on November 8.
In Fairfax County voters will select from two voting machines , either the newer AccuVote™ optical scan voting system or the WINvote™ touch screen machine. Both machines are very secure and voters can be confident their vote will be recorded correctly. If you're new to the machines please take your time when making your selections. I encourage you to carefully read the instructions and information noted on the machine and ballot. Every polling location will have multiple Election Officers. While they're not permitted to cast your vote for you, they will assist you every way they can.
Go vote. Your voice matters.
Editor's Note: The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce serves Springfield, Burke, Fairfax Station, Franconia, Kingstowne, Laurel Hill, Lorton Station and Newington. Patch has created Voter's Guides for each of these locales.