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If you have a TV, are active on social media or are particularly observant on your daily commute, you know that an election is upon us. You’re right! The congregational midterm election is taking place on Tuesday, November 6. Will you vote?
This election will determine who represents the state in Congress, the branch of government that creates laws. The following positions will be seen on the ballot:
- All 435 seats in the US House of Representatives
- One-third of all US senators
- Thirty-six governors and three US territory governors
In the state of Wisconsin, we are also voting for:
- Attorney General
- Secretary of State
- County Sheriff
- Clerk of Circuit Court
- Other local representatives, in addition to local referenda
Voting fluctuates dramatically when comparing presidential and midterm elections. According to Fairvote.org, about 60 percent of eligible voters cast their ballot during presidential elections, but only 40 percent participate in midterm elections.
It’s important for us all to remember that a robust voter turnout is imperative to a healthy democracy. If you are on the fence about participating in the midterm elections, we encourage you to spend the next few days researching candidates and make a plan to vote. Here are a few other items that you will be helpful to know before election day:
- Wisconsin allows same day voter registration. Even if you have never voted in the past, you can register to vote at your local polling place on Tuesday and participate immediately following.
- Our state requires employers to allow workers who are entitled to vote to be absent for up to three successive hours while the polls are open. Most polling places in the state are open from 7 am to 8 pm, so there may also be time to participate before or after the workday. Find your polling place here.
- Wisconsin voters must show an acceptable form of ID before casting their ballot. Acceptable forms of identification include a DOT-issued driver license, a DOT-issued ID card, a military ID card or a US passport. Learn more about photo IDs.
You’ve likely heard the phrase, “this is the important election in history” before each election, but it’s always true. This Tuesday, be sure to fulfill your civic duty. Get out and vote!
Happy Voting from Lions Pride.