In-person voting has started in Massachusetts. I have early voted in person rather than by mail many times. Long before COVID-19, we had early voting here.

I enjoy voting and I appreciate all of the local people who staff the polling stations. There is something about the process that I enjoy, although I can't explain it. Maybe it is the camaraderie of the moment. We the voters are a special group of citizens who take a role in the future of our government.

It is easier not to vote and blame others than it is to put your mark next to a fellow American who is seeking an elected role in our Republic.

Here is how I voted:

Donald J. Trump for President (Republican)

Kevin O'Connor for U.S. Senate (Republican)

William Keating for Representative in the U.S. House (Democrat)

Mark Montigny for State Senate (Democrat)

Joseph Ferreira for Governor's Council (Democrat)

Question 1: No

Question 2: No

I'm a Republican but I don't vote a straight GOP ticket reflexively. I don't turn over my mind to anyone. I make my own decisions based on the information I trust and my opinions of each individual on the ballot. Because of my experience in politics and the media, I have had the opportunity to interact with many people in politics.

The reason I split my ticket and voted for Congressman Keating, Senator Montigny, and Governor's Councilor Ferreira – all Democrats – is because I know them and I know they care deeply about the job we elect them to do.

I vote for the person, not the party.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at chris.mccarthy@townsquaremedia.com and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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