On Election Day, Vote. And Vote Informed!
You’d kind of have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the election coming up on November 6th. The billboards, the TV commercials, the yard signs...they’re everywhere. But. If you have been living under a rock — or if you somehow missed it otherwise — let us be the first to go ahead and inform you: there’s a big election coming up on November 6th. Midterms are fast approaching, and there’s been a pretty strong push to get people out to the polls on (or before) Election Day.
But wait, wait, wait...didn’t we just vote...like two months ago?
Why yes, kind reader, we most certainly did. Thank you for noticing! (And also THANK YOU for showing up to the polls to let your voice be heard. Because we know you did that.) But those were the primaries and these are the midterms...which is kind of like saying: that was the mid-semester quiz and this is the final exam. So if we’re sticking with this school metaphor, there’s good news: even if you slacked off for the first half of the semester, you can still try and redeem yourself for the final — but you’ve gotta study hard and prepare yourself so you can rock it out when it’s time to take that test fill out that ballot. Make sense?
Basically, back in August we all went to the polls to help whittle down the choices for next Tuesday’s election. From there, two main candidates (one from each party) in every open position continued to campaign, schmooze, and push their agenda. Each one is hoping you’ve been listening and taking notes and that you’ll fill the multiple choice bubble with their name (spoiler: in this scenario, you cannot choose: D) All of the above).
So...have you studied? Did you listen? Are you ready to take your final exam?
We hope so. Because this is a really important exam. And there are a LOT of reasons why: from immigration to healthcare, from climate change to tax reform, the popular issues on which candidates are campaigning can actually be impacted based upon who wins the election.
Want to learn more? We thought you might. And our friends at TheSkimm have succinctly and clearly summarized everything, meaning you have plenty of time to peruse the info, learn some stuff and then make an informed decision in the polling booth next week.
Click here to check out their entire “No Excuses” voting information page.
Click here to learn why this election in particular is so important.
Click here to learn about some of the key races happening during the midterms.
(Pssst - the race for the open Tennessee senate seat is one of those key races!)
More of the listening type? K. That’s fine too. Nashville Public Radio has done a great job summarizing the platforms of all the various candidates up for election in this race. Plug in your headphones and then click here to listen to a variety of short episodes that dive into the details for both the senatorial and gubernatorial races.
W H A T ’ S O N T H E B A L L O T :
Senators serve six-year overlapping terms, so about one third of the seats here are free reign on November 6th. Since Bob Corker (R) is not seeking re-election, that opens up a seat for someone new to fill it. Marsha Blackburn (R) is hoping to keep the seat red, but former-governor Phil Bredesen (D) is hoping to change the seat to blue for the first time in a very long time. *Reminder: this is a key race!
Currently in the Seat:
Bob Corker (R) — not seeking re-election
Lamar Alexander (R)
On the Ballot:
Because one term in the House only lasts for two years, each one of the 435 seats is up for grabs this year. Tennessee has 9 representatives in the House currently, 7 of which are republican and only 2 of which are democratic. The candidates for whom you are voting will vary based upon the district in which you live.
1st District - Phil Roe (R) - Johnson City
2nd District - John Duncan Jr. (R) - Knoxville
3rd District - Chuck Fleischmann (R) - Ooltewah
4th District - Scott DesJarlais (R) - Jasper
5th District - Jim Cooper (D) - Nashville
6th District - Diane Black (R) - Gallatin
7th District - Marsha Blackburn (R) - Brentwood *running for Senate
8th District - David Kustoff (R) - Memphis
9th District - Steve Cohen (D) - Memphis
On the Ballot:
Click here to find out who is on the ballot to be your next representative - just type in your address and voila!
In addition to casting a vote for the races listed above, there are 6 amendments that will also be listed on the ballot. But with so much complicated language and political mumbo jumbo, they can be hard to understand — and they’re long to read...especially when you’re standing in the polling booth. Fortunately, News Channel 4 broke ‘em down so they’re easy to understand. Click here to read up on it and figure this ish out.
Want to get the full picture of what your ballot will look like in there?
Click Here to view a sample ballot for the State of Tennessee. Check it out . . . and then GO VOTE!