On Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Virginians will have the opportunity to exercise their most basic duty as citizens of this great commonwealth.

Some of you might say, “What good is it? My vote doesn’t count.” Your argument has validity if you were one of the 1,328,537 Virginians who voted for the Marriage Amendment on Nov. 7, 2006, only to see it overturned this year by one federal unelected judge (who doesn’t seem to know the difference between the U. S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence) and two unelected federal appellate judges. This was done with the blessing of Virginia’s attorney general who refused to defend the Constitution of Virginia with regard to the Marriage Amendment.

The unelected judiciary was never intended to be allowed this much power. Section 2 of Article I in the Virginia Bill of Rights states: “That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people.” This theme is also reflected in Federalist No. 78, in which James Madison said, “The power of the people is superior to both” the legislature and the judiciary. Those who have a rudimentary knowledge of the history of the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution remember it was based on the Virginia Declaration of Rights, written by George Mason.

Gov. McAuliffe and Attorney General Mark Herring’s support of homosexual “marriage” does not reflect Virginians’ moral values statewide. Last year in Frederick County, 64 percent voted for Ken Cuccinelli and only 30.8 percent for McAuliffe. If you look at the 2013 gubernatorial election results on Politico, you will see the majority of Virginia’s counties are red.

There are 95 counties and 40 independent cities in Virginia with a total of 2,376 precincts (as of 2011). With approximately 25 more votes for Cuccinelli per precinct, Virginia could have elected a governor who would have been proud to support the Constitution of Virginia in its entirety.

The results in the attorney general’s race were even closer. Herring received only 165 votes more than Mark Obenshain statewide. Still think your vote doesn’t count?

To one editorial-page writer who recently lamented the condition of our state and regretted moving here, I would like to offer some encouragement. The majority of Virginians still value morality. Our current governor and attorney general who prefer catering to roughly 3 percent of the population do not represent the majority of Virginians. Take courage. These impostors will eventually be out of office.

At the precinct where I vote, I sometimes see a voter who appears to be a quadriplegic. I am always impressed by this individual’s determination to vote in person, despite having a good physical reason not to. What’s your excuse for not voting?

On Election Day, let your vote be more than a protest vote. Let this election be the voice of patriotic Virginians all across the state who will vote for individuals committed to restoring the integrity of Virginia politics and supporting the Constitution of Virginia.

Rachel Hamman is a resident of White Post.

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