Getting involved in politics does not always mean running for office. Staying informed and casting your vote is an easy and essential way to get involved with what is happening in your state and country. This year during the midterm elections in November all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the Senate will be contested. The midterm elections determine who (republicans or democrats) will hold control of Congress for the next two years. Where can I find the information I need to cast an educated vote? Am I currently registered, and if I’m not how do I register to vote?
Nonpartisan sites for ballot info
Vote 411 is an excellent resource for learning about candidates and races within your community. Since they are bipartisan, they give you information on both parties without bias.
Where to register (generally)
Vote.org provides an online form that helps you check if you are currently registered to vote in the state, which you reside. This website also includes online forms for registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot.
Voting rules are different in every single state, as such you should visit the USA.gov website to learn more about the voting process, the laws of your specific state, and to find links on where to register to vote.
Know your candidates
It is essential to know your candidates and their stances on issues before casting your vote. With the number of candidates running it can be dizzying trying to stay up to date with the races and the policies they stand for and support.
USA.gov provides a general overview of state and local midterm elections. Information about polls are included on their website along with a basic overview of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and Gubernatorial seats and terms.
Know the veteran candidates
VoteVets.Org is an excellent resource for those who want to elect veterans to an office. This organization is a bipartisan organization that supports veterans from either political party, working to elect and places more veterans in public office. Their website lists all the veterans currently in office and those running for office as well as a look into their views.
Information on all candidates running for office in Florida in the Democratic Party can be found on ballotpedia.org/Democratic_Party.
Information on all candidates running for office in Florida in the Republican Party can be found on ballotpedia.org/Republican_Party
Keep up to date for the future
Websites like theconversation.com and ballotpedia.org exist to provide you with consistent and up to date information on elections, and candidates. It is important to be informed when casting your vote so that you can ensure that the candidate you are voting for has your best well being in mind.
To find out what district you are voting in and for you can visit census.gov.
Find who your sitting senator by visiting house.gov (to learn about your representatives) or flsenate.gov (to learn about your senators). These websites provide information as to who is currently representing you in Congress as well as how to get in contact with them to voice your opinion.
Getting involved in politics is not difficult and it is imperative that as many people as possible get involved and go vote so that our politicians can represent the people.