Another Milestone Election Day is on the Horizon
As we enter the midpoint of Trump’s first term, it is important to note the significance of the upcoming midterm elections. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are up for election. Presently, Republicans hold 236 seats, Democrats hold 193 seats, and six seats are vacant. On the Senate side, 23 Democrats, 8 Republicans, and 2 independents up for reelection. Depending on where you live, elections for some Governors and state legislators are on the ballots as well. We also cannot forget elections at the municipal level, like mayors and local officials.
A major problem during midterm elections is voter turnout is generally very low. According to a report by the United States Election Project, approximately 40% of registered voters actually participate in midterms. The same report found that voter turnout varies from state-to-state, but it is still low overall. In fact, the voter turnout in the United States for all elections is among the lowest in the world.
My advice is simple and one of the few views shared by both Democrats and Republicans: vote. Register to vote if you haven’t already. Check your own state but, generally, the deadline to register for the midterm elections is October 12th, 2018 and Election Day is November 6th, 2018. If you are not going to be near your district on voting day, cast your absentee ballot and send it in by mail. Deadlines for absentee voting vary from state to state, so be sure to check here. If you’re unsure of where to go to vote, type in the address you used to register to find the nearest polling place.
Every vote matters. This country prides itself on providing all citizens with the right to vote and exercise their civic duty. Most other countries in the world do not. As a democracy, we value the freedom to choose who we want to be put into office so that everyone has a say. Let’s all take advantage of that opportunity and get to the polls on November 6th.