“The right to vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have to create a more perfect union.” - Representative John Lewis
On November 8th 2022, elections for United States House of Representatives and Senate will be held nationwide. Because this is a midterm election (named so because it falls in the middle of a president's term) voter turnout is historically much lower than in a presidental election year. At the same time, midterms are incredibly important in determining how government operates in the United States.
Midterm elections affect how your state is represented in Congress, and who is in control of the operation of the House and Senate. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and a third of Senate seats are up for election. Control of the Senate and the House are determined by who holds a majority in each chamber. Currently, Democrats hold the majority the House and control the Senate, and are therefore able to work with the President to pass laws and appoint federal judges. If Republicans are able to take control over one or both chambers, that could change significantly.
The next congress - not to mention the many local and state-wide offices that are also up for election throughout the nation - will determine the path taken on issues including abortion rights, climate change, voting rights, the economy, and much more.
If you are able to vote in the US election, please make a plan to participate!
Vote or mail in your ballot on or before Tuesday, November 8th. Below, find resources to help make your plan to vote, in Seattle, Washington State and Nationwide.
How to Vote