Unless you’ve been avoiding television, social media, radio, newspapers or every sort of communication medium then you know that tomorrow, November 6th America holds its midterm elections. Contrary to popular belief, the midterm election is the one that affects you the most.
The truth is that state and local laws are the ones that influence you and your community on a daily basis. Yet for some reason, midterms rarely get the same turnout as the Presidential race. In 2016, only about one-third of people showed up to vote.
This year seems a bit different though, turnout is expected to be high and millions of Americans have already cast their ballots early.
So is the midterm election a big deal? ABSOLUTELY, which is why we decided to give you the full rundown on why this matters and how to facilitate the process.
First thing’s first, what are the midterm elections?
Simply put the midterms is a grand combo of elections--US Congress, governorships and local races that takes place every two years. In essence, it is the election where “We the People” select goes to congress.
Fun fact: It also marks two years since President Trump was elected.
What’s at stake?
A lot. Specifically, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives will be voted on and 35 of the Senate’s 100 seats are up for grabs.
On background: Right now, republicans have the majority in both the House and the Senate. The party who has the majority is able to make the most impact when it comes to legislature.
So what’s it about?
It is about EVERYTHING— health care, immigration, women’s rights, trans rights, the economy, power and who is able to hold on it. It’s about how things are in the country today and how they will be in the future.
Should I vote?
If you care about the country and the current political climate: yes
If you had ancestors fight for your right to vote: yes
If you want to quit complaining and start making a change: yes
No matter the scenario…the answer is always YES.
But I don’t know who’s running in my state
Luckily, this is just one Google search away.
So who do I vote for
That is completely up to you but I know that researching can be tedious so here’s my advice to make this as easy and uncomplicated as possible.
Step #1: Find out the candidates in your state and google them
Step #2: It is CRITICAL that you pay attention to where you’re getting your information from. If you’re looking at liberalagenda.com or conservativenews.com then chances are that you are not getting the correct information. I suggest you go directly to each candidate’s website. Here you’ll be able to find out exactly what they believe in and what laws they’re aiming to pass if they win.
Step #3: *PRINT SUMMARY OF THEIR AGENDA*
I promise you that this can be found in one of the tabs in their website
Step # 4: At the end of the day, no politician is perfect which is why I suggest that you go see what the opposition has to say. Go on YouTube search “______ election ad 2018”and look at the campaign ads that are currently running. Watch it, take it with a grain of salt, and move on.
Step #5: This is the most important step. THINK long and hard about what the future of America looks like to you. Forget what party you affiliate with—what matters is what you stand for.
Step #6 : Once you have your beliefs settled then go back to the papers that you just printed. Start with one candidate; highlight the sections that you agree with. Once you’re finished with one, move on the other and repeat.
Step #7: Look at your papers. Count the amount of sections you highlighted for the first candidate and write the number on the top right of the page. Do the same with the second candidate. The paper that has the biggest number is your winner. The candidate in which you share the most values with is who you should vote for.
Side note: The most watched races right now are in West Virginia, North Dakota, Missouri, Montana, Indiana, Florida, Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee, and Texas. Why? Democrats would need to win in these states in order to get the 51 majority.
What do the polls say?
Right now it seems like the democratic candidates have picked up some steam. But if we learned anything from the 2016 presidential elections is that polls my friends, can be wrong, very wrong. They go off a general number so let’s say that hypothetically, four million Americans are expected to vote. The polls will use this number as the foundation for their polling and data. If in reality, twelve million Americans show up vote then the data will be way off.
What not to do
-Do not vote republican because your family has always voted republican
- Do not vote for all democrats or all republican across the line just because you typically affiliate with that party. Guess what?! People can be socially liberal (liberal when it comes to social issues) and fiscally conservative (conservative when it has to deal the way the government handles money)
-Do not let your peers pressure you into voting for a certain candidate
-Do not vote for a candidate just because their name sounds familiar
-Do not say that you’re going to vote and then not do it
It is such a crucial time in America and no matter what you believe in, if you have the opportunity to vote, speak your truth by voting tomorrow!