The United States’ midterm elections are happening on November 6th, and we’re asking the question: Why should you care? In the next few weeks, we’ll tell you exactly why you should care by breaking down the elections in easy-to-consume, bite-sized pieces. Ready for Part I of our election coverage? Here goes …
November 6th is Election Day—the day that United States citizens head out to their polling booths and vote. It’s a significant day, but this year’s midterm elections seem to stand out more than those in past years. Why? Well, to put it simply, a lot is at stake. Those who do cast votes will impact local and state legislature as well as who their next governor, representatives, and senators will be. Why do you think there’s such a big push to get people to register to vote and—you guessed it—actually go out and vote? And how’s this different from all the other midterm elections, you might be wondering? Well, right now, both the House and the Senate are controlled by Republicans. In this election, several seats are up for grabs, meaning either the House or the Senate, or both, could tip in favor of Democrats. Why the see-sawing, and why does it matter? Well, Republicans and Democrats have traditionally thought very differently about the government, and as such, they vote and represent their constituents (that’s us!) very differently as well. In general, Republicans are more conservative, whereas Democrats are seen as more liberal.
In the coming years, the people that are voted into these leadership roles will have a say in really important things like healthcare, taxes, education, and social security—things that will shape the country for many years to come. On top of all that, midterm elections are exactly what the name suggests: it’s the halfway mark of President Trump’s first term as President of the United States. Experts have found that whichever party wins these House and Senate seats is a good indicator for how well the sitting president will do when it comes to re-election time. So yeah, there’s a lot at stake in these elections, wouldn’t you agree?
Stay tuned as we continue to break down the elections in the weeks to come! In the meantime, think about who’d you vote for. Of the people running in your state, who would you vote for and why? What do you stand for, and why is it important to you? What do you want the United States to look like in five or ten years from now? In other words, what would you want the country to look like when you’re older?