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Think That Casting a Ballot Isn’t Worth Your Time? Here’s Why You Must Make a Trip to the Voting Booth

November 2, 2014
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Think That Casting a Ballot Isn’t Worth Your Time? Here’s Why You Must Make a Trip to the Voting Booth
Voters cast their ballots in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Getty Images
Sure, voter turnout for the midterms is historically low (we’re not electing a commander in chief, after all), but these elections are just as important as any presidential contest.

Despite the pre-election tsunami of pandering political ads, canvassers and online banter about the candidates and initiatives on your local ballots, only about 40 percent of all eligible voters in the United States submit their ballots during the midterms (down from about 60 percent during presidential elections, according to the United States Elections Project).

Since every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is up for grabs — along with approximately one-third of all Senate seats, dozens of governorships, and countless state and local legislative positions — it’s critical that you cast your vote for the most qualified individuals to serve in those posts. Here’s why.

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