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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.
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.
Have you already or are you planning to vote? If not, is anything preventing you from being able to?