10 Things You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Election How to register, vote early, research a candidate and more

by Dena Bunis, AARP, September 13, 2018 |

People working at a polling place during an election


1.  This is a pivotal election. All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, 35 U.S. Senate seats, 36 governorships, about 80 percent of state legislative posts, and scores of mayors and judgeships are on the ballot this fall.

2.  You must be a citizen to vote. American citizens — whether born here or naturalized — who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day are eligible to vote.

3.  You must be registered in all but one state — North Dakota — in order to vote. Not sure if you are registered? You can check your status through your state board of elections or at vote.org. You can register in person at your local elections office, and online voter registration is available in 37 states and the District of Columbia. In some states you also can sign up at the department of motor vehicles or at armed services recruitment centers. You can find links to state voter registration websites at usa.gov.

4.  There are several ways to cast your ballot:

  • In person. You can go to your polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, or take advantage of early voting in 37 states and the District of Columbia as much as 45 days before the election. Most election boards will notify you by mail of your polling place and voting times for both early voting and voting on Election Day, or you can find that information on their websites.
  • Via an absentee ballot: Every state will mail you an absentee ballot upon request. The applications are often available online. Some states require you to provide a reason you can’t vote in person in order to qualify for an absentee ballot, while others offer a “no excuse” absentee ballot. Eligible excuses include having a disability or being out of town on Election Day.
  • By mail: Oregon, Washington and Colorado have all-mail elections. Ballots are mailed to all registered voters, who can return them by mail or in person at a voting center. In 2016, California passed the Voter’s Choice Act, allowing its counties to conduct all-mail elections. This year, five California counties have chosen to move to this system.

5.   You may need an ID to vote. In 34 states, voters must show some form of identification at the polls, such as a driver’s license or passport. Some states accept non-photo IDs, like a bank statement or utility bill. In 16 states, a voter’s identity is verified by, for example, asking the voter to sign a card and then checking the signature with the voter registration application.

Most states have a procedure for people without acceptable identification to vote. Some ask them to sign an affidavit affirming their identity. Others let a voter cast a provisional ballot, but the voter then must bring an acceptable ID to the elections office within a specified period of time to have the vote counted.

The National Conference of State Legislatures provides more information about voter ID laws.

6.   There are many ways to learn about a candidate. Many states provide sample ballots to voters before the election, and some publish voter pamphlets that include profiles and backgrounds of the candidates. AARP’s Know Your Candidates guide has links to websites for all federal and statewide candidates. In addition, there are several organizations that provide election information: Votesmart.org; RealClearPolitics.com; Ballotpedia.org; and PolitiFact.org.

7.   There are more than 150 measures on state ballots across the county. To learn about initiatives in your area, visit your secretary of state’s website. Many states ask nonpartisan groups, including AARP, to write objective descriptions of ballot initiatives, as well as give supporters and opponents the opportunity to write pro and con statements.

8.   You can research how incumbents voted. If you are interested in a particular bill or topic, you can look up roll call votes for the Senate or House of Representatives on the Congress.gov page of the Library of Congress website. In addition, AARP has compiled a list of how lawmakers voted on two key health care measures that would have scuttled the Affordable Care Act.

9.   Federal laws are in place to help people with disabilities vote. The Americans With Disabilities Act requires that voting be accessible to people with disabilities. What’s more, the Help America Vote Act mandates that every polling place have at least one accessible voting station and that poll workers be available to help people who need assistance. Each polling place must have equipment that can mark the ballot for someone who cannot do so and feature large type for voters with visual difficulties. Your local election officials can provide more details on the accessibility of your polling place.

10. AARP and TurboVote team up to make voting easy. You can be the difference and vote to hold the politicians accountable on issues such as Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs, caregiving and financial security. Sign up to receive election reminders, update your registration, apply for an absentee ballot and more! You’ll always know when an election is coming up in your state and have the information you need to vote with confidence.Play Video

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This year’s elections are some of the most important in our lifetimes. Every vote counts, and together, we the people can hold politicians accountable.

kevin cramer … on this issues ~ugh

this man is running against Senator heidi heitkamp … check out the differences and the negative impact this man will have on North Dakota …least we talk about families  and women in general!Most if NOT all Republicans voted to kill Obamacare … against pre-existing conditions – now, team trump has offered states insurance that will NOT cover pre-existing conditions 
  • Life begins at conception. (Nov 2012) 
  • If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. (Sep 2013)
  • Voted YES on maintaining work requirement for welfare recipients. (Mar 2013)
  • Require photo ID when using food stamps. (Feb 2014)
  • Opposes churches providing birth control 
  • Include pre-born human beings in 14th Amendment protection
  • No family planning assistance that includes abortion 
  • Endorsed by Club for Growth, for pro-growth stances. (Aug 2012)
  • Opposes federal stimulus spending. (Sep 2012) 
  • Opposes same-sex marriage
  • Voted YES on workforce training by state block grants & industry partners
  •   A-PLUS lets states escape No Child Left Behind. (Jul 2015)
  • Vouchers break link of low-income and low-quality schools. (Oct 2015)
  • Limit EPA oversight to allow mining over fishing. (Jun 2014)
  • No EPA expansion of regulated waters. (Jul 2014)
  • Let wind energy production tax credit expire. (Aug 2014)
  • Drill for oil & gas in offshore OCS & Eastern Gulf of Mexico. (Jul 2016)
  • Supports $23 billion invested in coal mining. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes regulating greenhouse gas emissions. (Sep 2012)
  • Supports offshore energy production. (Sep 2012)
  • Chain-link fences ok for holding kids of illegal immigrants. (Jun 2018)
  • Audio of immigrants’ kids crying is “irrelevant hoopla”. (Jun 2018)
  • Harder for illegals to get benefits & become citizens. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports exiting US to apply for citizenship. (Sep 2012)
  • Ban admission of Syrian refugees & any Syrian residents. (Nov 2015)
  • Voted YES to ban DREAMer immigrants from military service. (Jun 2016)
  • Doing nothing is not an option; more private sector options. (Nov 2012)
  • Allow future workers to invest more of their own money. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports personal retirement accounts. (Sep 2012)
  • Rated 10% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance. (Jan 2013)

meet brian kemp … then run and vote for Stacey Abrams

a republican and trump supporter … Vote for Stacey Abrams!

Below are some of his opinions from ontheissues.org but not a lot…you must click on several links read between the lines to find the answers, but privatization of everything seems to be the appropriate conclusion. So, if you need more go to his website which basically reveals the same … privatize privatize privatize …hope his constituents ask at what cost!?

.  ObamaCare is an absolute disaster and it needs to be repealed immediately. We need a free market replacement that puts Georgia patients–not government bureaucrats or special interests–first

. “My mission has been to cut government regulations, streamline government, make government more efficient and really help small business owners,” said Sec. of State Kemp.

. He is for expanding this tax credit progam, businesses and hardworking Georgians can have a say in saving their local healthcare options – and with conservative leadership in our state, we will get it done. But what are the consequences? what are the potential costs to patients? no caps? for more into go to allongeorgia.com

.Education … Your zip code should not determine your potential. Rural students deserve the same opportunities and experiences as those who live in highly populated counties. We must give the future generation the tools necessary to learn, grow, and thrive. Support and grow virtual learning opportunities for rural students, which includes challenging courses for high achieving students and remedial opportunities for students that need a different environment in order to achieve Work with non-profit organizations to fund after school programs that teach soft skills, prepare tomorrow’s workforce Give students and parents flexibility by doubling the SSO private school Scholarship Tax Credits Promote teaching in rural settings Encourage school systems to provide after-hours learning and internet access to students Enhance local control and allow local school boards to create customized curriculums for students Promote charter schools for communities with struggling schools 

Health care …  Rural Georgians are struggling with limited access to quality health care and more rural hospitals are at risk of shuttering. There is no magic formula, but through innovation, we can expand access to health care. By working in tandem with healthcare leaders, experts and local stakeholders, we can improve healthcare outcomes for all Georgians. Grow tele-medicine services through the expansion of high speed internet Support and expand incentives for medical providers in rural Georgia End the stranglehold of Obamacare and promote Georgia-focused, free-market based healthcare reform that will lower costs and expand service and options Work with community leaders to develop local solutions to save struggling hospitals Explore incentives for companies, hospitals to expand transportation services

. Veterans …  Our military bases train American soldiers, protect our Homeland, and secure freedom around the world. Beyond their mission, Georgia’s military installations drive the local economy and create countless economic opportunities for rural communities throughout our state. Defending our bases from BRAC must remain a key priority for our next Governor. We must also work with military leaders to ensure that workforce development opportunities exist for those entering into the civilian world. Continue the Governor’s Defense Initiative Establish A military liaison in the Governor’s office Support a State-level Military Fund Ease the transition for retiring military Pilot ESA Program for Military Families Empowers parents to choose custom plan for their child’s education Offers flexibility, better approach to learning Enhances outcomes for students Enhance the working relationships between military base leadership, local governments, higher educational institutions and businesses to ensure joint local economic development strategies are in play.

for more information go to the kemp website …