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November 6 is the midterm election. What does this mean? The midterm election elects the United States Congress, which consists of 435 House of Representatives and 35 out of the 100 Senators (⅓ of the Senate). Although you are not voting for the president, you are voting on the politicians that represent your state who decide the legislative agenda in the United States. The voter turnout for midterm elections is typically significantly less than presidential elections, and this year it is more important than ever to show up and let your vote be heard!
First and foremost, you have to be registered to vote before the election. Some states allow you to register online, some you have to mail in a form, and others you have to register in person. Find out exactly how to register in your state by clicking here.
Important! If you are not going to be in the state you are registered to vote in, you must get an absentee ballot and simply mail it in. Fill out the form here. Another helpful site is the U.S. Vote Foundation, which has a lot more useful information regarding dates, deadlines, and registration.
Before you vote, it’s essential to know who is running in your state and to be educated about each candidates’ policies and beliefs. This site makes it easy to see who is running in each state and includes a link to their professional websites. Check it out here.
Don’t forget to inform your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers on all of the necessary voting information!
See you on Election Day!