What Are Midterm Elections?

Midterm elections give citizens the opportunity to vote on issues that are important to them.

Have you heard people talking about an upcoming vote? There is not a presidential election until 2020. So, what is everyone talking about? Midterm elections.

Midterm elections are elections that take place while the president is in office. They are in the middle of the president’s term. During these elections, citizens vote on who will represent them in the House of Representatives. Some places will also vote on who will represent them in the Senate. Many state and local positions will be decided, too.

The vote will take place in November.  However, an important part of these elections happens between May and September. This is called a primary election. There are two major political parties in the United States. They are the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. In a primary election, each party chooses their candidate [a person seeking political office]. These candidates will get to run for office during the midterm elections.

What Can You Do?  Read local news sources to learn as much about the candidates in your area. Talk to adults about how you can help your favorite candidate.

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