In case you haven’t noticed: this year’s presidential election is a pretty big deal. Americans all over the nation are deliberating about whether they intend to vote for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or the third-party candidate of their choice.
But believe it or not, there are other things you’ll be asked to vote for on November 8. As important as the presidential election is, we also have a legislative branch that presides over the political sphere in Washington—and a whole host of state issues that also often show up on that ballot.
If you aren’t sure what issues you’ll be asked to vote on, Google “what’s on the ballot in my state.” Once you input your ZIP code, you’ll get a list. In addition, you can visit OntheIssues.org to get a good overview of federal and state candidates’ stances.
In case you have not yet talked to someone about political issues outside the executive, here are a few highlights.
- Your Vote Could Have a Huge Impact on the Senate
Currently, Republicans hold the majority in both the House and the Senate. But there’s a chance Democrats could take back the Senate this fall: they only have 10 seats open this election, while Republicans have to defend 24 seats.
In Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio’s decision to run for president may seriously jeopardize his ability to take back his seat. Not to mention the fact that Rubio “entered the race with the baggage of his own ambivalence toward the job,” in the words of Wall Street Journal reporter Arian Campo-Flores. “He missed numerous votes during his White House run, justifying it by saying the Senate had limited ability to set the nation’s agenda.”
Read more at The Federalist.