The 2018 midterm elections are knocking on our doors – just like our local politicians. It seems like there are more political ads now than during the presidential election cycle two years ago. There very well may be, because these midterm elections are crucial to both parties + lobbyist groups. Republicans run the risk of losing their majority in Congress, while Democrats want this flip to happen. Your vote will go a long way to tell our government whether or not you approve of how they have been handling things. I’m not here to tell you how to vote, but I am here to remind you, that your vote matters more now than ever.
Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce. We’re now the largest voting bloc. Yet, for some reason, only HALF of the eligible millennials voted in 2016 + that was for a presidential election! Midterm turn out is historically much lower than a presidential cycle, but that doesn’t mean there are less important races to be decided on – especially on a state + local level. Here in Tennessee, we’re deciding on a new governor, US Senate + House representatives, Tennessee Senate + House representatives, and more! Throughout the nation, there are 33 open Senate seats + all 435 House of Representative seats up for grabs.
Why Your Vote Matters
I’m sure you’re thinking in a country with hundreds of millions of citizens, your vote isn’t that important, but you are wrong. With districts flipping, many once “sure-thing” seats are in jeopardy. Your singular vote matters. In August, a special election in Ohio was won by just over 1,700 votes. Earlier this year, a special election in Pennsylvania was won by only 627 votes – flipping the seat. 0.2% of the votes cast in that election locked in the win for Connor Lamb. Your vote could be part of that 0.2%.
Voting isn’t just about letting elected officials know how you feel about their past governance. It’s also about looking into the future. Millennials were hit hardest by the recession + as the largest part of the workforce, economic + labor decisions being made in the next few years will have a huge impact on our futures + retirement. We need to get behind politicians + policies that are working for the future we want + not focused on keeping pockets lined + the status quo. The world is evolving + we have to adapt or fall behind.
Your vote matters because we are diverse. Millennials aren’t just diverse racially, but in our relationships, and in how we want to live our lives. With increases in alternative lifestyles like tiny house living, app culture, and the rise of the social media influencers/mommy bloggers, we want different things out of life. Electing politicians that have a similar vision or at least understanding of the needs that come with that from a policy standpoint is crucial to getting the lives we want.
If the fact America is at a crucial point in politics, that your vote matters, or that it’s on the fall activities list isn’t enough to get you to vote, vote for those who can’t. Men + women have died fighting for our suffrage – even more, have died defending it. Vote to honor those people who gave up everything to ensure you could cast a ballot.
Check your registration status OR register to vote at in just a few clicks thanks to the #NoExcuses campaign run by TheSkimm. The site has all the resources you need to get ready for the ballot box. For many states, voter registration deadlines are in just a few weeks (October )! Don’t let the chance to have your voice heard slip through your fingers. Register today!
Remember to do your homework on the candidates + vote for the best person for the job – not just down party lines. Newbies + incumbents, men + women, all politicians deserve a deeper dive before securing your vote. Examine all the ads you see with a grain of salt. Remember, political ads prey on the uninformed, so take them all with a grain of salt + happy voting!