Tomorrow, November 6th is the General Election? Are you going to vote?
If you are an expat, who enjoys dual citizenship, it is your privilege, but also your duty to go out and vote tomorrow! After all, you chose to be a citizen of the United States, as well as your home country, and part of being a good citizen is going to vote in elections.
“But, it’s not the election for the president…!?”, you might say. Yes, that’s true, but the midterms are just as important an election and your vote counts!
In fact, this year’s midterm elections see the largest number of Californians (19 million!) registered to vote in California’s history, according to ABC7news. Especially this year, California’s voice is important.
So, what’s at stake? The control of the Congress and statehouses across the country. And, 36 states will hold elections for governor as well – including California!
On top of voting for our new governor in these midterms, we Californians will have a deciding voice in regards to 7 (!) congressional seats that are up for election.
So your vote definitely counts AND is important!
Who shall I vote for?
I feel I got a pretty good grasp and opinion on who to vote for in regards to the most important seats and positions up for election, but what about all these measures? Where do you find out more about what these are all about? And, what about all the various offices like for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court as well as Court of Appeal?
What I found useful was looking through the various informational material that has been sent to our house over the last few weeks, endorsing certain candidates for local offices. You can use these as a base for your own research along with the official Voter Information Guide.
Or you check out the website of your preferred party and you will find explanations and recommendations there.
The part, where I felt a bit helpless was to make up my decision in regards to the judges, who are up for reelection. There was absolutely no information out there whatsoever. I finally found two articles, that dealt with this subject. They helped me with some insight, but I understand if someone else finds them biased …
One article can be found in the SFWeekly, http://www.sfweekly.com/news/who-judges-the-judges-we-do/
The other one in the San Diego Free Press, https://sandiegofreepress.org/2018/10/an-explainer-on-electing-judges-in-california/
The latter article not only gives some suggestions and opinions on the subject matter but offers a pretty good history lesson on top of it.
Be part of history and vote tomorrow!
Extra Resources for election day today, like where to find your poll station, Free Rides from Lime and much more in this article here !