"Never have so many people in the region registered to vote, and with the intense interest in the presidential election, officials expect turnout rates as high as 90 percent. Virginia has added 500,000 registered voters to its rolls since the 2004 presidential election and now has more than 5 million. Maryland’s list has grown 10 percent, to almost 3.5 million, and the District has almost 427,000.
"The numbers are going to be staggering," said Guy Mickley, president of the Maryland Association of Elections Officials." Washpost
On election day, my wife and I will walk a few blocks to "Matthew F. Maury School" to cast our ballots in the school gymnasium. She was an election official for many years and the polling place will be filled with poll workers who are old colleagues of hers. The people waiting in line to vote will be neighbors. It will be a scene that Norman Rockwell would have liked to paint, but, in fact, the Rosemont neighborhood is altogether like that.
Until a few years ago candidates were not identified by party on Virginia ballots. We do not register to vote by party. Hell, until a few years ago you did not need an ID card to vote. You certified as to who you were subject to prosecution if you lied. In Alexandria, Virginia civic activism is a major participant sport.
Having said all that, I think that the level of public interest in this election is noticeably higher than anything I have seen before. The turnout for this one is going to be massive. There are candidate signs everywhere on lawns.
It is ironic that the NAACP is suing Governor Kaine over the issue of preparations for the election. Kaine is a Democrat. He is a co-chair of Obama’s national campaign. He is a former mayor of Richmond, a city dominated by Black Virginians.
As the man said last night on "The Daily Show," let’s get this over with.
Let’s vote! pl