You may have heard this by now, but today is the day everyone in the united states is voting. It’s the official election day for state-wide affairs in the country. While everyone and their mother is telling you to go vote, I’m looking to actually give you some helpful information so you can understand the process and not just choose wildly.
What Am I Voting For?
The formal term for this election is the “Midterm Congressional, State, and Local Elections.” When you vote, you won’t be voting on say, the next president, but you will be voting on the following topics.
- All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
- One-third of all U.S. senators.
- Thirty-six state governors and three U.S. territory governors.
- Many city mayors.
The specific details will vary by your city and state. The Senate and House or Rep individuals will be the ones influencing federal issues and laws. Governers and Mayors will be more influential over local issues like infrastructure and zoning requirements.
Why Should I Vote?
Simple answer: you want people who agree with your values to be the ones in power. You should vote so that this can happen. Otherwise, some other guy who hates what you love will vote for themselves.
How Can I Vote?
Today is the only day left to vote, unfortunately. You have until 7:30 PM to go vote. The location itself will depend on where you live. If you want to find the appropriate polling location, check out the vote.org polling place locator web page.