October 03, 2022 4 min read
Last month as state primaries were wrapping up in states, I shared my first message about midterm elections and the importance of showing up to vote. If midterm elections are new to you and you’re curious about what’s happening in your community, read my first post here.
In this second part, I want to outline some of the more important races to keep an eye on. It is no secret that I built Love Bubby with equality at the forefront of our designs and messages. We’ve always believed that Black Lives Matter, Love is Love, Science is Real, Feminism is for Everyone, No Human is Illegal and Kindness is Everything.
That’s why we support candidates in important races that drive policy and change that we are fighting for, to make the world safer for our kids.
Where are the critical races?
The Senate is currently split in half, with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as a tiebreaker. In November, a third of the Senate is up for reelection, and 36 states will hold gubernatorial races (currently 27 Republican and 23 Democratic governors).
And 2022 is big for the House of Representatives - all 435 seats in the House will be contested. The results across all levels of government will play a significant role in deciding the balance of the US Congress.
Depending on your state, select state races can also shift the priorities very quickly. Don’t stop at the federal level and dig into your state and local jurisdictions. Here’s a rundown of some of the states facing critical races in November.
The drama from the 2020 election continues in this tie-breaking state. Always one for extra attention, Arizona is no stranger to making headlines during elections.
The state with Mickey Mouse and endless beaches has two key races that could set the stage for the 2024 presidential election. Voting blue in these states can truly tip the national agenda.
The campaign for the Congressional Senate seat is tight in the South. Like, Pennsylvania, Georgia will vote on Congressional Senate and House seats, and state governor.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and the midterm elections are no exception. Republican-led redistricting reduced the number of competitive races two years ago, making it more difficult for Democrats to win. Here are the two top races in the Lone Star State.
The fifth most populous state in the nation, Pennsylvania is about to vote on Congressional Senate and House seats, and state governor.
Do you live in one of these states? How about another state that has an important race? Check out your candidates, learn about their agenda, and take action to vote, educate, and support your community to vote for the right candidate.
How can I prepare to vote?
First, register. And if you don’t know if you’re registered, check your status before it’s too late. Go to vote.gov to begin the registration process.
Second, get to know what’s happening in your community. Learn about the people running for state and local open offices, and any local initiatives that are important to your community.
Finally, make a plan. Remember Tuesday, November 8. Although federal law does not require employers to give you time off to vote, some state and local ordinances mandate time off.
Really pay attention to the deadlines in your state. They tend to be sneaky about when, how, and where you can vote. And if your state redrew the political boundaries to reflect the 2020 Census population, make sure you know where to vote.
Find time to vote and make a plan to get there. If you’re out of town, have an important presentation, or can’t vote in person, click here to learn details by state on voting by mail.
How can I say it louder?
Register to vote. Make a plan. Look good doing it. Share the message of democratic action with our Vote collection. Between now and election day, say it with our tees, sweatshirts, and hoodies designed to make a statement.
It’s not just the stylish things you wear. Check out our stickers, pins, and patches available for you to really shout it from every angle!
Because voting is a year-round sport. #midtermsmatter
Jaime, Founder & Designer @ Love Bubby
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