Now is the Time to Get Ready To Vote - Guide & Resources
18 Aug 2018
Like it or not, U.S. politics affects the world and this November, an election will be held that may irreversibly affect you, your children, your grandchildren and everyone you know.
U.S. political decisions impact global politics in numerous ways and the last year and a half has seen heated debates regarding much of it. Just a few of those areas include:
Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Global Trade Relations
Paris Climate Accord
Iran Nuclear Accord
Middle East Conflicts
A Trump Mandate?
Midterm elections may not seem as sexy as presidential elections, but they are just as important, if not more important. In fact, this election is seen by many as a referendum on Trump's policies. If Democrats take control of Congress, or even just the House of Representatives, they are widely expected to begin impeachment proceedings. If Republicans retain control, this will be seen as giving Trump a mandate to continue business as usual.
Currently, the U.S. Senate has 51 Republicans and 49 Democrats (including two independents). There are 35 seats up for grabs in the 2018 midterms; which will mostly be held on November 6, where 26 are held by Democrats; who will need to gain 2 seats to take control. Currently, the U.S. House of Representatives has 236 Republicans and 193 Democrats. All 435 seats are being voted for in this election. In addition, 39 state and territorial governorships and numerous other state and local elections will also be voted on during the midterms.
This 2018 midterm elections may also bring a lot of changes to the local political landscape:
The first female Muslim U.S. Senator
The first Transgender Governor
The first Native American Woman elected to Congress
The first Female-Majority U.S. State Legislature
A stronger Socialist movement
Whether you're American or not, now is the time make remind all those eligible to vote to do so.
If you are an American citizen, make sure you are registered to vote, register as an absentee voter to get your ballot and be sure to vote on time (Click the read more link below for help). Even if you've registered to vote in the past, you may want to confirm you're still registered as there have been reports of people being dropped from the voter rolls.
According to the US Embassy's "Your Vote Counts" article, many U.S. elections for House and Senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters and all states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt deadline.
If you're not an American citizen, share this article with your American friends and politely remind them to vote.
You may want to avoid asking who they will vote for though; as these days, talking about politics isn't high on the list of friend-making tactics.
Click here for a complete guide to help you vote as well as helpful resources that will aid your research of candidates and issues; including non-partisan information about candidates, their voting records, and their positions on issues.
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