Why is the Election so Important?
When you cast your ballot for a U.S. Senator or state representative in any given election, you are voting for an elected official who will represent your community, district or state. Elected officials are accountable to the voters who put them into office. Their primary responsibility is to listen to their constituents and enact legislation that will improve the lives of the communities they serve. Elections are also important because it gives you an opportunity to vote for a candidate that shares your political ideology and reflects the diversity of your community.
Elected officials create the laws that impact almost every aspect of voters’ lives. More specifically, they:
On the state level, elected officials include city council members, city and town mayors, state Governors, state senators and representatives. This election year, there will be eleven gubernatorial races, many state legislature races, special elections, and various other state and local races.
Every four years the president, vice president, one third of the Senate, and the entire House of Representatives are up for election (on-year elections). On even-numbered years when there isn't a presidential election, one third of the Senate and the whole House are included in the election (off-year elections).
Elections will be held for all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 50 U.S. states and territories. One-third of the U.S. Senate or 33 seats of the 100 seats will be up for re-election. Senators serve a six-year term and each representative serves for a two-year term.
Every election voters have a choice:
Voting is one of the most important activities individuals can engage. Who an individual votes for can have an enormous impact on the lives of women, girls and people of color in the United States and throughout the world. This is especially true this year.