Until quite recently, voters could sit out an election and expect winners from either major party, whatever their differences, to lead in a way that fits a democracy. If they did not like the results, they could still sleep at night and think about the next time.

Now I, like many, fear our country losing its democracy. The former president’s insistence on his “big lie” that the fair, much-scrutinized 2020 election was stolen, followed by the violent Jan. 6 insurrection and vote-suppression legislation in many states, prompt worry for future generations of Americans.

You can make a difference. No political party is perfect, but voters may choose the one that has expanded voting rights in Virginia as well as supported public health, safety and climate change measures, education and criminal justice reform: Terry McAuliffe for governor, Mark Herring for attorney general, Hala Ayala for lieutenant governor, and Bill Helsley for 26th District delegate.

Vote early at your local registrar’s office through Oct. 30, or at your polling location Nov. 2. See https://www.elections.virginia.gov/ for details.

Chris Edwards

Harrisonburg

(11) comments

DeftCurmudgeon

"Fulton County Georgia Ordered More Than One Million Absentee Ballots from Printer Days Before the 2020 Election Knowing There Was No Time to Mail Them Out"

Imagine that.

newshound

I regret to inform you that I will be voting for NONE of your suggestions offered. Next, the good people sf Va. need to jettison Warner and especially Kaine from the Senate.

posumcop

The writer states: "No political party is perfect, but voters may choose the one that has expanded voting rights in Virginia as well as supported public health." No "voting rights" have been expanded." However the margin of illegal and unconstitutional votes has been greatly increased by the left/dems/progs/socs. Typical lie from the left.

billnonymous

But that's what the author was implying, that Democrats had expanded voting rights so it now includes people who moved out of Virginia, illegal aliens, dementia patients, convicted felons, and dead people. They also expanded legal ballots to mean ones that have no signature, no return address, and no postmark, and there is no limit as to the number of ballots one person can put in a dropbox.

DeftCurmudgeon

Ok, that's funny too.

freeride

Chris, if people vote for the politicians you suggest our country will continue its fast track decline....the Democrats haven't been in power for a year and the country is seeing record inflation, record illegal immigration, record job losses, record infringement on individual rights, and a complete failure of the White House. The Democrats have no solutions or care to fix any of these problems...why...because they think it will keep them in power. The Democrats are losers and continue pushing policies that would make Hitler proud!

prodigalson

Great post Freeride. Spot on.

Programmer

We live in a Republic if we can keep it.

Donald

You are indeed correct, Mr. Programmer. The word “democracy”, though not yet as debased as the word “racist” which has suffered such a dilation of definition as to be all but meaningless in intelligent discussion, is one of those words that has been morphed into a substitute for “social collective” which is a far cry from its intended usage within our republic.

bishopsboy

Dearest Mr. Edwards, if you can sleep sounding at night with Terry McAuliffe at the helm, you are indeed a Marxist fool.

prodigalson

Complete nonsense Chris. Everyone, including you, knows that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, and everyone knows, including you, what a grifter, thief, and unsavory character Terry McAuliffe is. Your party (The Demokkkrat Party) is the party of Satan. You should be ashamed of yourself for penning such a ridiculous letter.

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