If you have not already voted, we encourage you to do so tomorrow! Go get that “I Voted” sticker!
Elections are your opportunity to hold your elected officials accountable. They are a way to peacefully throw out those who do not do a good job and replace them with someone promising better.
This opportunity is not possible in many parts of the world; it is something to be treasured.
Whatever your interests, elections are important! The people we elect will touch your life in many ways.
We can not tell you who to vote for – but we can confidently predict that a Congress and state legislatures full of partisan warriors will only bring more grandstanding and gridlock. It would be refreshing to see the warriors replaced by problem-solvers.
Here is a short summary of how people you elect can touch your life:
- Congress controls things like defense spending, social security, transfers to the states, taxation, borrowing, and debt repayments.
- The state legislatures set state tax policies, regulate businesses, and control a wide range of the services that touch your everyday life – including schools and healthcare – and often regulate what your county and municipal governments can do.
- The administration of elections is controlled by state legislatures as well as Governors, state Secretaries, state Attorneys-General, and Elections Commissioners. Many states also elect judges who may rule on any elections-related cases.
- Local elections are often important for property taxes, development, school boards, roads, and water supplies.