2018 Midterm Elections: What You Need To Know

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Diversity is what the United States represents to the rest of the world. From welcoming the first African-American family into the White House, succeeded by a reality television star and a Slovenian FLOTUS (whose parents just became American citizens), to progressive Muslim women winning House seat nominations, a 14-year-old running for governor, and the first transgender candidate to get a major-party gubernatorial nod in US history. Now, if this isn’t progress, I don’t know what is.

As results from the primary elections emerged, we learned several things: voters’ turnout increased in several states (Minnesota saw the highest turnout for a primary election since 1982), Republicans used to be more reliable voters in this kind of election, the main concern for the American people is health care, and there are unconventional candidates that will make the 2018 midterm elections an unprecedented event within its category.

For this kind of run, voters’ penchants are regularly more driven by partisanship than by policy, and Trump’s presence is likely to overshadow the results. However, with healthcare playing a leading role in this year’s midterm, the Democratic Party could benefit from that and see some light at the end of the tunnel. For as long as politics have existed, the battle between the donkey and the elephant during midterms is more ferocious because the party that owns the White House always aspires to win in both the Senate and the House of Representatives; thus, the president’s legislative agenda has a high chance of becoming a reality by being voted through. That’s why this election is considered, by some, far more nerve-wracking and crucial than a presidential election. 

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Here is what you need to know:

  • The elections will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
  • Americans will decide who controls the House, the Senate, and 36 governors’ seats.
  • All the seats in the House of Representatives are up for grabs.
  • Democrats need only 24 seats to flip the House and two to take the Senate.
  • The winner will determine the future of our current president and the nation’s direction for the next decade.       
  • Top issues: health care, gun control, and immigration.
  • There are three ways of voting if you can’t make it to your local polling place:
  1. Absentee voting
  2. Early voting
  3. All-mail voting

Election season is very tense and worrisome because of everything that is at stake. That is why it’s imperative to be aware and informed of who the candidates are, why it’s important to vote, what the deadlines and agendas are, etc. so that you can make an educated pick.

We have the power of electing a leader we trust to look after our best interest and who is capable of carrying out their duties accordingly. Remember that those leaders are public servants and We the People call the shots!

For change to keep happening we have to make our voices heard. So come out and exercise your right to vote. Register, show up, and vote! #BeOutLoud

To find out the rules in your state, contact your local or state election office. You can find contact information at usa.gov/election-office.

 

by Cynthia P. Bautista


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