By Assemblyman Kevin Kiley – November 7, 2022
Heavy rain and snow are expected across the state on Election Day. And the Newsom/Biden camps are opening celebrating.
After all the lectures about “voter access” and “protecting democracy,” they are downright giddy at the prospect of people being deterred from voting by inclement weather.
Of course, they’re kidding themselves: we will not be deterred. Biden and Newsom seriously underestimate how committed voters are to cleaning up their mess.
To make sure they get that message as clearly as possible, I’d suggest we all try to encourage at least one person who wasn’t planning to vote to cast a ballot. You can enter any address here to find all the ways and places to vote, including:
- Voting today at early in-person voting sites
- Voting tomorrow at Election Day voting sites
- Putting your ballot in a drop box
- Mailing your ballot (no stamp needed) postmarked tomorrow or earlier
It’s a cliché, but it’s the truth: every vote matters. Many races will be decided by the slimmest of margins. Sometimes, races even end in a tie.
This happened a few years ago in a race for the Virginia Legislature, and a random drawing determined the winner. As it happened, that seat also determined which party had the Majority. So a single vote would have changed the entire state’s balance of power.
I am hopeful tomorrow will be a great day, one of profound and lasting importance. But only if we get out and vote – rain or shine – like our country depends on it.