by Sarah Whitman
You may have seen on your Facebook feed something along the lines of, “this is the most important election in years” and “you HAVE to register to vote” and “#BlueWave”. Your friends chat about Beto O’Rourke and Dana Rohrabacher and you just kind of nod your head as your eyes glaze over. Sound familiar?
Here’s the thing: lots of folks are saying how important the midterms are, but not many have really stopped to say WHY. That’s why we’re here!
Why the Midterms are Important
Let’s start out by saying every election is important. Really, truly, everyone who has the ability to vote, should. Politics is happening all around us and to us, so we might as well step up and be involved. Even if your vote isn’t the deciding factor in a presidential election, it can still impact a State Assembly, Governor, or Superior Court Judge race. So get to the polls!
That said, this election is in fact particularly important. If you’re reading this, you probably agree that Donald Trump sucks. Even worse, he’s being enabled by Republicans in Congress. NO, this is not a statement that all Republicans are evil. (Just the majority holding political office.) They are using their power and majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives to pass legislation that is both terrible for our country and opposed by many of their constituents, like the Trump tax bill which has proven to harm and not help the middle class (shocker...I know). They are also defending Donald Trump when he is clearly colluding with Russia, being a blithering idiot, and pushing through the most unpopular Supreme Court candidate in history. It’s pretty bad.
This election on November 6th is so important because the progressives are going to take back the majority. There are so many AMAZING young, progressive, excited, candidates who truly want to speak for the people instead of big corporations who try to give them money. For example, Mimi Walters (CA-45) is one of the top recipients of money from gun lobbies. Her opponent in November, Katie Porter, supports common sense gun reform.
So many Congressional and Senate seats that progressives once thought unattainable are slowly turning from red to purple to blue. And we’re going to fight tooth and nail to see the candidates we like hold office.
Here’s how to do it:
REGISTER TO VOTE. If you’re already registered, register your friends, your grandma, your pet fish I don’t care. Register them all.
Figure out if you’re in a swing district, aka a district with a vulnerable Republican that can be turned blue (#BlueWave). Lucky for you, SameSide has a super awesome voter guide that gives you all the information you need! We cover it all from swing districts to propositions to the Board of Equalization (yeah that's a thing). Make sure to download it and share it with your friends! You can also tweet at us with questions if you have them!
Campaign for your candidate! We are at a pivotal time in US history. We need to do more than post on Facebook and then sit back hoping people vote for your candidate. Phone bank, donate $5, canvas! It’s all a lot easier and more accessible than you realize. If you’re not in a Swing District, YOU CAN STILL CAMPAIGN!!! From now until November, SameSide has plenty of events where you can let your voice be heard! Make sure to register for an experience or even sign up to host your own!!
So that’s it. The midterms matter because we need politicians who truly represent us. And the ones who are in office right now, don’t. Your voice matters. There truly is #PowerThroughPeople