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2018 Midterm Election Results
Results are in! Here’s the North Carolina results, and here’s the Forsyth portion (note that the Forsyth #’s are only a portion of the total tally for state-wide issues; in other words, a Forsyth winner didn’t necessarily win the state election). Visit the Forsyth County website to see the Forsyth results for past years as well.
The presidential election every four years brings out the most voters, but still, the percentage of the eligible voters in American who voted in the 2016 election was only 58%. Many countries don’t even give their citizens the right to vote but we are lucky, and it’s time we acted like it! This year is a midterm election, and there is no time like the present to educate yourself, so you are ready to speak up for what you believe in on Election Day 2018, November 6, 2018.
Read this quick and easy, non-partisan Forsyth County midterm election guide, so you are educated and ready to speak up for what you believe in on Election Day 2018 in Winston-Salem, NC.
What Are The Midterm Elections?
The midterm elections are held every four years as well but in the middle of the President’s four-year term. So, November 2018 is a midterm election. The United States Congress seats are decided in these elections, including all 435 House of Representatives seats and the full term of about 1/3 of the Senate seats.
This vote also elects the state governors in 34 of the 50 states for 4 -year terms, plus New Hampshire and Vermont elect governors for 2-year terms in both midterm and presidential years.
State legislatures’ officers, local municipal officers, and local bonds elections are also commonly decided during the midterm election.
Sadly, midterm elections tend to show even lower voter turnout than presidential elections, with only about 40% of eligible voters taking to the polls. However, every election represents an opportunity and responsibility to speak up for what you believe in and shape the future of your local community, state and the country at large.
Midterm Election Guide 2018 For Forsyth County, NC
I have always found it difficult to obtain easy-to-understand information about the candidates and the ballot for MY VOTE. Sure, I can find general info, but I always find myself at the poll being asked to vote for things and people I did not know would be on the ballot. So, I am faced with making a non-educated guess, skipping or making a choice based on gender, name familiarity, etc.
I was thrilled to find a better way this year. Women of Action Winston-Salem recently put together a non-partisan voter guide (link below) that starts by clearly explaining how to register to vote (deadline: October 12, 2018), how to see a sample of YOUR ballot and then takes you through the basic details of each candidate, amendment, bond, etc.
Midterm Election Ballot Items For Forsyth County/Winston-Salem, NC
- U.S. House Representative – District 5
- NC Senators
- NC House of Representatives
- County Board of Commissioners (4 of 7 seats)
- WSFC Board of Education (all 9 seats)
- State and County Judges (including State Supreme Court)
- NC Constitutional Amendments
- Sales Tax Referendum
- City Bonds
Register To Vote
On Election Day, you cannot vote unless you have registered. But, if you come out for early voting, you can still register at the polls. While this is not true in every state, NC allows this helpful convenience.
Early voting in North Carolina runs from October 17 to November 3, 2018. If you missed the deadline to register to vote (October 12), you could still register when you come to the early vote. Regardless of your precinct, during early voting, you can go to any early voting site in the county.
The midterm election day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. On this date, all votes must be cast in your local precinct.
- Early voting runs October 17 to November 3 in NC in 2018. Find the closest location.
- It’s not too late to register. Same day registration is available when you go to an early voting location in NC.
- You can preview and research YOUR ballot before you get to the polls here: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/RegLkup/ No surprises and you’ll feel confident in your choices. You can even print it out and bring a copy with your marked selections to the voting booth.
- Not sure who to vote for, or who’s even running? This non-partisan guide walks you through each ballot option so you are prepared.
- When you vote early, your name is removed from all marketing lists for this election. Translation: fewer phone calls, texts and junk mail! (This may take a few days to work through the systems)
- Attention College Students! You can register and vote using EITHER their home address or at your college address.
Here are the closest early voting locations to your campus:
- Winston-Salem State University: Anderson Recreation Center (Reynolds Park), 2450 Reynolds Park Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27107
- Wake Forest University: Brown Douglas Recreation Center, 4725 Indiana Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
- Forsyth Tech Community College: Miller Park Recreation Center, 400 Leisure Ln, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
- Salem College: Forsyth County Government Center at 301 N Church Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.
- There are 6 Constitutional amendments on the ballot. Make sure you understand them before you show up to vote. Altering our state constitution is a big deal and warrants some serious research time.
- In NC, kids are allowed in the voting booth with parents. So take your kid to vote to inspire our next generation of voters and engaged citizens!
- There is a proposed sales tax referendum on the ballot. Make sure you understand it (and the alternative to raise property tax) before you show up to vote.
- If you are handicapped, sick, or otherwise unable to leave your car, you can request curbside voting. All you have to do is go to the voting location and a poll worker will come out to help you.
- There are 5 county bonds on the ballot. Make sure you understand them before you show up to vote. We endorse these bonds as they act as a concrete way to enhance and build our local community.
- Lines are shorter today (and every day during Early Voting) than Election Day.
- As long as you will be 18 on or before Nov. 6th, you can early vote and register now.
- Take a photo and tag #MYWS to show off your civic action.
Have you already or are you planning to vote? If not, is anything preventing you from being able to?