It's taken a while, but now that we've cleaned off the mud from the election and can see more clearly, it seems not everyone came away jaded or disheartened at seeing politics in action.
Take J.T. Newberry.
A public policy major at the College of William and Mary, Newberry worked at the polls on Election Day up in James City County.
The experience? "Overwhelmingly positive" was how he put it.
We all complain about voter apathy (well, we in the press do) but the fact is, some people really like to vote, and he saw it firsthand.
An elderly person came in with braces on both legs. A woman with three broken ribs could not leave her vehicle, so the poll workers brought a ballot to her. Another said he planned to vote "come Hell or high water."
"It's incredible the amount of effort that people were willing to go through," he said.
Which brings us to the point of Newberry's experience. He was among dozens of young voters who worked the polls as part of Democracy 101, a civic service program launched by Virginia21, the non-partisan advocacy group for the college-age crowd.
The group recruited students to serve as officers of election in 12 localities, including Newport News. It was all about participation.
The effort earned a shout-out from Jean Jensen, the state's top election officer. "I am pleased to see the next generation of leaders stepping up and getting involved in this important work," said the secretary of the state elections board.
The work isn't easy, as Newberry will attest. The day starts early and ends late. Some people want help. Some are in a hurry. IDs must be checked, stickers handed out, all that stuff.
"It was pretty intense," he said.