Jessica O. Swink

Study up: The big day is six weeks away

September 21st, 2011 at 4:22 pm by under Politics

Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

We’re back in school, and there’s a big test coming up. You don’t feel like studying, even though you know you should. After all, it’s a day on the calendar that seems like an eternity away.

Before you know it, you are cramming 2 or 3 days before the test, changing your diet from decent, balanced meals to a steady stream of chocolate, junk food and energy drinks.

At this point, you are limited. You only have so long to cram as much knowledge into your brain before the big day.

Unfortunately, if you are anything like me, you do your best but walk away feeling like you could have done better if you just prepared.

After reading a recent article (Where are key Va. races in 2011?), I was quickly overcome with that nervous feeling of not feeling ready for this year’s Virginia elections.

Here is the Cliff’s Notes version:

  • A net gain of just two seats in the state Senate this year would put state policymaking in the hands of Republicans for the first time since 2001.
  • Virginia Senate and House elections fall two years after gubernatorial elections, and voters typically already have their sights on the next presidential election.
  • In just 20 days, Democratic Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong raised more than $83,000.
  • You can follow the money spent by each candidate by visiting The Virginia Public Access Project online.

Trust me. In school, all of my papers were written at the last minute and I shut the library down the night before the big test cramming.

But there’s always a time to turn over a new leaf and get the homework finished early. Read up on all of the candidates you are able to vote for and know where they stand on the issues. Find out who is contributing to their campaign and realize that the next few years can be changed by one vote.

In just six short weeks, we’ll go to the polls and select what we think are the right answers. Are you going to be prepared?