Last Tuesday, Super Tuesday, was not so super in Virginia and therefore not in Richmond. As you may remember, only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul acquired the prescribed number of eligible signatures to qualify inclusion on the GOP Primary ballot. It's hard to believe, but some of the candidates that some of you may have wanted to vote for, were not on the ballot.
This is a great civics lesson in personal and organizational responsibility and it should be a good lesson for all of us. This year, in addition to the presidential race, we have a number of very important local races including a hotly contested race for Senator between George Allen and Tim Kane. In addition, there will be local, city and county races that will more closely affect your everyday quality of life. Some people take primaries for granted and wait for the big show in November, when they think their vote will "really" count.
The lesson from last Tuesday is that the earlier you plan and prepare, the better off you will be when it's time to stand up and count. I know for some I am preaching to the choir, but for others, and particularly young people, you need to do all that is required for you to register to vote and exercise that legal right as often as possible.
Fortunately, there is no shortage of information about any political issue, candidate or cause that you want to know about. An informed voter is a confident voter. For more information about politics that affect Richmond and the nation, go to NBC12.com, Decision 2012.
So regardless of your political affiliation or leaning, let's make sure that you and those you care about, vote.