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What do I need to know about the midterms?

Why are the midterms important?

Hate Trump? Mad at the GOP for going along with him and refusing to pass even a teeny tiny bit of new gun control legislation? Well, good news! There are hundreds of seats up for grabs in the 2018 midterm elections, thousands if you count state-level elections. We have a chance to make some changes!

Who's up for re-election?

To begin with, the WHOLE House of Representatives (click for a detailed breakdown of leanings). There's also one third of the Senate, 36 governors (with 18 races that could swing Democratic), and thousands of state level seats. Even with no presidential race on the ballot, the results will impact us for years to come.

What do the Dems have to gain or lose?

Lots. If Republicans lose control of either the House of Representatives or the Senate, they'll lose the ability to send bills to President Donald Trump's desk without seeking Democratic votes. As you may recall, Congress used the budget reconciliation process (which passes with a simple majority) to get their tax bill, which included major tax cuts for the wealthy, a repeal of the ACA mandate, and other irresponsible measures, passed. A Democratic majority in either the House or the Senate would have put a stop to it.

Taking over the House or Senate would also give the Democrats subpoena power, which would give them the ability to subpoena Trump's businesses, parties related to his numerous sexual assault allegations, and other people connected to his shady business dealings.

Taking over the Senate would give Democrats veto power over Trump's nominees, allowing them to prevent unqualified individuals from taking power. (Ahem betsy Devos, ahem.)

When are they?

Depends on what State you're in, but we've put together this lovely webpage with all the states and their primary dates to help you out.

What do I need to know to vote?

This will also depend on the state. Annoying, we know. 34 states have laws requesting or requiring voters to show some form of identification at the polls so make sure you check out the rules before you head out.

With that said, even if you don't have a form of ID that your state asks for, you may be allowed to vote. Some states will require you to take additional measures after you vote to make sure you're legit. Some states will ask you to sign a form affirming your identity. Other states will let you cast a provisional ball. Either way, it's worth showing up no matter what.

Pep Talk

If you hate what's been going on, you have the ability to make a difference! Check to make sure you're registered to vote and if you're not, REGISTER FOR GOD'S SAKE!

Click here for your state specific information.