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.