By many accounts, it’s been a long time since our country has been so divided politically. Other accounts say it’s been a while since voters have been so energized.
Two cliches - the numbers don’t lie and time will tell – will provide the answers to all of this year’s election questions. Those cliches apply as voting in the Nov. 6 general election has begun. Early voting, as it’s called, started Thursday and continues through Thursday, Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
If plenty of people turn out and vote, that will prove out the theories that the electorate is energized in 2018 – what is known as a midterm election because the president is not on ballot, at least officially.
Many will say President Trump is, indeed, on the ballot as his supporters turn out to vote for those they believe will support him, and his detractors do the same hoping to elect those who will battle him.
For those voting early in Bel Air Thursday morning and early afternoon, there was a buzz not always seen on Election Day. Some of that was because of the parking situation where only those with handicap placards or tags could park at the McFaul Center while everyone else had to park at the adjacent MVA location. What added to the hub-bub was those who didn’t realize the parking restriction had to make a tight U-turn off of the McFaul property and then turn left onto MacPhail to drive to the nearby MVA parking lot. There were also a couple of shuttle vans that slowed traffic, too.
In addition to the McFaul Center at Atwood Street and MacPhail Road, the other early voting locations in Harford County are in Aberdeen at the Rogers Street firehouse, at the Edgewood Library and at the Jarrettsville Library.
There won’t be any voting Friday, Nov. 2, through Monday, Nov. 5. Then Harford County and the rest of the state and the nation will be open for the Election Day rush. We hope there is one.
When the time comes that all of the votes – absentee, early, Election Day - have been counted, the numbers won’t lie. Those who get the most votes will be elected. Those who don’t won’t.
The only question that matters after the one asking which candidates received the most votes is whether yours was among the ballots cast because all votes count, but only the ones cast.