In just a few short months, American citizens will be asked again to do their civic duty and participate in our congressional midterm elections. The turnout for midterm elections are typically low (~50%) because our view of Congress is typically low, but our apathy leaves the people who are in office to continue to perform in ways that validate our low approval. It's a vicious cycle that needs to be corrected, and these midterm elections are the perfect opportunity for us to right this ship.
We've all heard it before - "This is the most important election in the history of our country!" I wouldn't go that far, but I will say this election will be the most consequential in our lifetime. Our government is setup to be a checks-and-balance system to ensure no one branch has the power to overstep their authority. We do not have that balance now, and it is imperative we elect qualified citizens to the House and Senate and counter the reckless administration currently holding power in the White House.
And the margins are thin. In the House, the Republican party holds a 43-seat advantage (along with 6 vacant seats to be filled this November). This is completely doable as there are wonderful newcomers entering these races that will make districts who were once reliably Republican be completely in play. That's if we all do our part. In the Senate, there is only a 4-seat battle to retain control, so there is great enthusiasm at the potential for Democratic control of our Legislative branch.
We all know what's at stake when it comes to worker's rights, healthcare, education, the environment, foreign relations, and domestic tranquility. I won't bore you with the policy stuff, but I want to encourage you to be a bit more mindful of these races and candidates, and encourage your friends and family to vote. By sheer volume and percentage, the American electorate is largely democratic and have similar visions on how our country should move forward. We just happen to not show up and vote for the candidates that share our vision. This is the time we must be heard, and we must do it in large enough numbers to send a clear message to Washington.
So with that, I'll leave you with a few resources to hopefully get you motivated. If you wish to assist our Local with canvassing, phone banking, and other political outreach initiatives, please see an available Steward.