For voters in Virginia, this election could come down to one vote: yours.
How do I know this?
Four years ago, Barack Obama won the Commonwealth of Virginia by approximately 230,000 votes. That’s only about 100 votes per precinct. He won Buckingham County by 61 votes and lost Dickenson County by 46 votes. Every person we turn to vote between now and Election could decide the election.
Four years ago, we saw a young Senator win the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. We heard his message of hope and change. We analyzed his policies, his promises, and his potential. And we turned Virginia blue to get him into the White House.
In 2012, we have the same job before us. We have seen him pass landmark legislation, including the Affordable Care Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We have been inspired by his continued hope and his plans for changes that are still possible. We have recognized the work he has done and that which remains for our country.
Now, it is time for the last step in this election process: voting.
In 2008, I was a few months too young to vote. On November 6, I will be at my polling place in Charlottesville, casting my ballot for the first time. One of the best parts of voting in a swing state is knowing your vote truly counts.
So, now is the time to make sure those 13 electoral votes are added to the President’s column on Election Day.
Keep reminding your friends and family to bring appropriate identification to the polls.
Keep reminding them to make a game plan for their Election Day
More importantly remind them to commit to vote.
That one extra vote you get for President Obama could swing the election.
Let’s get to work!