She considers voting ‘a privilege’ to share with the grandkids

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 voted with granddaughters Charlotte Whipkey (left) and Tara (right) in tow, at Braddock Elementary. She hopes to set a good example as her mother did by taking her to voting centers as a young girl.

Kammerer voted with granddaughters Charlotte Whipkey (left) and Tara (right) in tow, at Braddock Elementary. She said she hopes to set a good example as her mother did by taking her to voting centers as a young girl.

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.

Freddy Herrera, 57, has been voting consistently since gaining citizenship in '95 but is discouraged by the lack of emphasis on generating jobs by either candidate. Entering the Braddock voting center, he is holding the Democratic Party sample ballot.

Freddy Herrera, 57, has been voting consistently since gaining citizenship in ’95 but said he is discouraged by the lack of emphasis on generating jobs by either candidate.

Mary Thomas with her granddaughter, Annabelle (middle), and classmate Lewis Alton (left), manning the bake sale for Braddock's fourth grade class field trip outside of the voting center. "I still have to vote in my district, when I get home, but this seemed more important," said Thomas. The fourth graders are raising money to offset the cost of their trip to Jamestown and Yorktown.

Mary Thomas with her granddaughter, Annabelle (middle), and classmate Lewis Alton (left), man the bake sale on election day, which was a benefit for Braddock Elementary’s fourth-grade class field trip. “I still have to vote in my district, when I get home, but this seemed more important,” said Thomas. The students raising money to offset the cost of their trip to Jamestown and Yorktown.

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.

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