This is one of several vignettes posted by WTOP-FM’s website during the Virginia elections Nov. 5.
Although Braddock Elementary is a low-traffic polling place during lunchtime, the voters coming in said they feel strongly about their participation in the democratic process.
Joan Kammerer walked hand-in-hand with her granddaughter, Tara Whipkey, as her younger sister, Charlotte, skipped through the parking lot. Kammerer said she has always voted, just as her grandchildren “will always be going to cast their vote.”
“I am an adamant supporter of the voting process, and I am among the citizens that consider it a privilege,” said Kammerer.
Kammerer continued to explain how she used to “spring out” of her 9-to-5 job to a polling place before having retired. Now she votes with her grandchildren in tow, “to set a good example for them,” the way her mother had.
Today is the first time that Pat Crouch, 67, has come out to vote. A staunch independent, she said she wanted to demonstrate her lack of faith in the bipartisan system. Crouch said the House and the Senate “are no longer of the people.”
She didn’t want to elaborate on the issues of Cuccinelli and McAuliffe’s campaigns, saying instead that “they’re both Republicans and Democrats.”
“I wouldn’t vote for either, if I could help it,” Crouch said.