Are you ready for the upcoming election season? Here are 10 important questions for you:
- Are you registered to vote? For your voice to be heard in the upcoming consequential elections, you must vote. If you’re not registered or you’re not sure of your voter registration status, check with the election’s administrator in the county where you live. Checking your voter eligibility status is a good idea, even if you’re ‘pretty sure’ you’re registered and eligible to vote. Additionally, registration may not be enough, be sure you have met any other requirement, i.e. valid picture ID.
- Do you know the election day in your state, particularly your primary election day? If your state allows early voting, do you know the early voting dates? If you need information on election day, ask a friend and confirm the information with your county elections board.
- Do you know the candidates running for office in your locale? Elections are held for House of Representatives seats every two years, that’s for every seat in the House. Have you made yourself aware of your options in the primary? The rules for which party you can vote for in the primary and how that affects the party you are eligible to vote for in the general election vary from state to state. Check with your county elections board for the rules in your locale?
- is your U.S. Senator up for reelection? Senators serve for 6-year terms. One-third of the senatorial seats become available every two years. Check to see if one of your Senators is running for reelection. If you’re surprised that one of your senators is running for reelection, there is a good chance the incumbent is taking your vote for granted and the challenger is doing a poor job of getting you engaged in his/her campaign.
- Do you have local elections that you should be aware of? Most likely not. Generally, presidential election years are reserved for national elections; however, there could be a ‘special election’ that requires your attention. Be sure you’re knowledge of the local issues and or candidates for which they may be a special election.
- Have you been invited to attend a town hall event hosted by your elected representative? Does your Congressional representative host town halls that keep you abreast of important national issues that directly impact you? If not, have you and other voters in your district demanded a town hall? If your representative is not keeping you abreast of the issues that impact you and their position on those issues, supported by there actual votes, demand change through your vote.
- Do you know how the national issues impact you? Here are a few issues you should be concerned about and that should be addressed in your town hall: foreign policy, immigration, healthcare, federal judges, justice system reform, tax policy, war, and transportation & other infrastructure to name a few.
- Are you engaged in a political campaign? You can support a candidate or a political party by volunteering or contributing financially. If you’re not involved, why? One or more of the issues impact you and your family, directly.
- How are you staying aware of the issues? Social media? Cable news? Newspaper? Are you getting information from multiple sources? We are living in a disinformation age and not everything you hear can be trusted. Validate your news before you make decisions based on ‘feelings.’ Be sure you’re staying informed.
- Are you ready for 2020?
2020 is a critical year for not only our nation politically, but for the long-term structure of our democracy. Your engagement and making informed decisions are critical.