Richmond Voters Head to the Polls, Want Change
Carver Elementary, like many public schools in Virginia, was closed today – it’s Election Day 2013 and some of Virginia’s most important political seats are up for grabs.
The line wasn’t wrapped around the block at the tiny elementary school – but a few voters came in and out of the polling place shortly after 9 AM this morning.
Peggy Smith, a Richmond City native who’s lived in the Carver neighborhood since 1960, had a smile on her face as she exited the polls. She said she came out “To make a change for the better.”
While Smith wasn’t specific on what her concerns were, but said she kept informed by reading the news paper, and the most important advice she had was to make sure people come out to vote. “People need to show up, they need their voice to be heard.”
Daniel Craft rode his bike to the polls this morning. Also from Richmond city, Craft said he was voting to try to revert some of the harm conservatives had done in the state. “Ken Cuccinelli kind of scares me, so I want to do everything I can to get someone else in office instead”…
Craft admitted he wasn’t as informed about the candidates as he had been in previous elections – Virginia and New Jersey are the only states that chose their Governor in the year following the larger presidential race, so turn out is often hard to gage and a general lack of interest in off elections, known as voter fatigue, often keeps the total number of voters low.
But with the waves current Virginia elected officials have made in recent years, it was important for voters like Craft to alter the state’s course. “I’ve been aware of Cuccienlli’s actions for some time now, so I know I’m pretty much against one candidate.”
James Held originally hails from Virginia Beach but now lives in Richmond. He echoed Craft’s concerns about Virginia’s current Attorney General and his possible rise to power. “It would be terrifying if Cuccinelli became governor,” said Held, who put women’s rights at the top of his concerns for this election.
“The advancements Cuccinelli has been able to make without having that power, I think people need to make sure that it stops and doesn’t go any further. That’s the important thing.”
Held said he votes every year, but if it wasn’t for modern social media, he might not have remembered to do his civic duty.
“I saw everyone voting on Facebook and knew I had to come out.”
Find out where you vote with this easy to use form on the State Board of Elections - Polls close at 7 P.M.
GayRVA will follow the elections as the day progresses.
E.W. Jackson with The Duggar Family at a recent public event via Facebook By Sam Isaacs VCU Capital News Service RICHMOND – While Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli duke it out in the gubernatorial election, another race is being fought more quietly – one that could have a deciding effect on Virginia’s legislative system. [...]November 4, 2013
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