Unless you’ve somehow been able to ignore the giant stacks of political fliers choking your mailbox every day, everyone knows it’s midterm voting season.
We know that teachers in particular are strapped for time, so we’ve put together some resources to make sure you get the chance to have your voice heard at the ballot box.
What are midterms?
Halfway through a presidential term, midterm elections offer people a chance to vote on congressional seats. Depending on the number of seats won or lost, midterms can potentially change which party has congressional control.
Why do these midterms in particular matter for teachers?
Whoever wins congressional control in these midterms will have a lot of power in shaping what classrooms, curriculum, libraries, and school safety look like. People who work in or have a vested interest in education should be concerned about the following ballot issues:
- School and program funding
- Book bans and CRT
- Gun safety and access
- Lawmakers’ control over education (particularly in West Virginia)
- Private school vouchers and how they affect public schools
- Local bonds and elections related to school districts and boards
I can’t remember whether I’m registered to vote.
Where can I vote?
There are many polling locations across the country.
What if I don’t have time after school?
Many states require employers to provide time to vote during the workday. Check your state’s guidelines. But know that as long as you’re in line before the location’s scheduled close time, they have to let you vote.
What should I bring with me?
Most states require a photo ID, but you can check whether yours does or not.
Can I bring my kids with me?
You can! Minors are allowed to accompany adults while they vote.
What if the polls close while I’m still in line?
If you’re in line when the polls are supposed to close, you still have the right to wait your turn and vote. It’s worth the wait!
What else should I know?
If you experience voter intimidation or harassment: 866-OUR-VOTE
If you need a ride to a polling location: RideShare2Vote.com
If you want to check out your ballot before voting: Vote.org
If you’ve been on the fence about voting in the midterms, consider this your nudge to show up. Teacher voices matter!
What should I do after I’ve voted?
Share our graphic below on social media to show family and friends that you’ve voted (you can click here to share it on Facebook). Maybe you’ll remind someone else to get to the polls!