Midterm Elections

Midterm Elections

A super-(college) senior votes. (SOURCE: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_DHKfduLjR-w/TIRrL3fGP8I/AAAAAAAAACs/6wdoQ-fPs0A/s1600/Voting.jpg)

Walking off the L today I picked up a flier out of dozens sprawled on the ground. "WHO IS THIS GUY?" exclaimed the flier in bold red. This slanderous candidate ad was particularly amusing, and one of thousands of such ads that have infiltrated TV commercials, radio advertisements, newspapers and city sidewalks for the past few months.

All because the US Midterm elections are being held today, November 2.

Feel like Uncle Sam just walked up and slapped you in the face?

Sometimes in the mix of studying, parties, org fairs, discussion groups and the other thousand commitments college students make today, its easy to forget that a world outside campus exists.  And whoever is going to run that world for the next four years is about to be voted into office TODAY.

Midterm elections affect us both locally and nationally. They are held
two years after the presidential election and are just as important
because they determine the majority party that works closely with the
President to pass (or block) legislation. 

The age group of college students is ranked among the lowest for voter participation. The voter turnout barely reached 50% in the 2008 presidential election. And this was considered good.

At this point, it may be easy to panic.  As a college student it may seem like all the forces are working against you:  not only does your demographic have a low rate of voter participation, but you also have little time to get informed about who and what to vote for. 

However, if you are registered to vote, a lack of information should not deter you from voting.  We have put together some quick info on what offices are being elected and who the candidates are.  Please vote!  And if you aren't registered, encourage your friends to vote and inform anyone you can.

What offices are up for election in Illinois?

  • Governor (and Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • State Comptroller
  • State Treasurer
  • One U.S. Senate seat
  • Districts 1-19 U.S. Congress seats

Who is running for these seats?

  • For a complete list of candidates running for each seat, click here

What is the current make-up of the U.S. Congress?

  • There are 435 seats in the House of Representatives and all are up
    for election
  • 58 Democrats, 40 Republicans, 2 Independents. The current make-up of
    the U.S. House of Representatives is 256 Democrats, 178 Republicans and
    one vacancy
  • In the Senate approx. 36 of the 100 seats


Written by Karis, Lynda, and Emma.

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