Voters cast their ballots at the Floyd County Rescue Squad station one in 2011.

Voters cast their ballots at the Floyd County Rescue Squad station in a previous election.

After the mountain of commercials focused primarily on the Virginia Senate race and the endless letters to the editors of many area newspapers, the mid-term elections of 2014 opened the ballot door Tuesday morning in Floyd County and elsewhere in the nation.

In Floyd, the burning question for many in the Courthouse District will be whether or not they can order a mixed drink after the election.  A liquor-by-the-drink referendum generates far more interest than any candidate on the ballot.

Freshman U.S. Senator Mark Warner faces GOP lobbyist Ed Gillespie and Libertarian Robert Sarvis in a statewide contest that swamped residents with TV ads calling both candidates crooks while focusing more on the record of current President Barack Obama rather than any real issues that affect the Commonwealth or Southwestern Virginia.

On the House side, incumbent Morgan Griffith runs against independent William Carr for the 9th District race.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. today and close at 7 p.m.  Remember the Voter ID law now requires a photo ID.  Say the Virginia Department of Elections voter guide:

Acceptable forms of identification can include: Virginia DMV-issued photo IDs and driver’s licenses; U.S. Passports; employer-issued photo IDs; student photo IDs from a college or university located in Virginia; photo ID cards issued by the United States, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or local Virginia government; and Virginia-issued voter photo ID cards.

May the best man, woman or way to drink win.