Leading with Race to The Ballot Box:
2018 Mid-Term Election Edition

November 6, 2018, is a day that should be marked on everyone’s calendar. What is a mid-term election? The mid-term election is the general election held the midpoint of a four-year presidential term.


Why This Election Matters:

    • On the national level, control of Congress could determine the laws (and the judges who interpret those laws) for years
    • On the local/state election level, the winners of this election will draw the political districts that will impact representation until well beyond 2030;

One important consequence of this legacy and continuing evolution of voting restrictions is unequal voter turnout in elections, with white Americans, and particularly affluent white Americans, out-participating people of color, low-income people, and young people by significant-to-wide margins

READ →http://www.demos.org/publication/why-voting-matters-large-disparities-turnout-benefit-donor-class


Why You Should Vote in the 2018 Mid-Terms Elections

NOTE: When you vote, it forces politicians to pay attention and be aware of your concerns

  • EVERY VOTE COUNTS: The only wasted vote is a vote that is not cast. In a recent election in Virginia, the top two candidates had the exact same number of votes. As a result, a coin toss decided who had control of the state legislature.
  • VOTES CAST BY PEOPLE OF COLOR MATTER: It was the turnout of Black voters in Alabama that is credited with influencing the outcome in the recent senate election.

Over the past several election cycles, minority voters have played an increasingly important role in determining who is elected. That trend is likely to continue as turnout rates among minority demographic groups increases and political strategists note the importance of tailoring messages to such groups to gain an electoral advantage.

READ →https://www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2016/09/13/how-demographic-changes-are-transforming-u-s-elections/

What You Can Do as an Organization and Individual:

Bolder Advocacy promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so.
READ → https://www.bolderadvocacy.org

 STATE Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline (by mail) Primary Election Date General Election Voter Registration Deadline  General Election Date
Illinois 2/20/18 3/20/18 10/9/18 11/6/18
Indiana 4/9/18 5/8/18 10/9/18 11/6/18
Ohio 4/9/18 5/8/18 10/9/18 11/6/18
Pennsylvania 4/16/18 5/15/18 10/9/18 11/6/18
West Virginia 4/17/18 5/8/18 10/16/18 11/6/18
North Carolina 4/20/18 5/8/18 10/12/18 11/6/18
Idaho 4/20/18 5/15/18 10/12/18 11/6/18
Arkansas 4/23/18 5/22/18 10/9/18 11/6/18
Georgia 4/23/18 5/22/18 10/9/18 11/6/18
Kentucky 4/23/18 5/22/18 10/9/18 11/6/18

What NMAC’s Doing
We want to give our constituents the tools they need to make their voices heard at the ballot box in 2018. We will provide regular, updated information on important deadlines, registration information, and details on the voting process around the country.

Voting 101, how to get registered, future FB live events, and bipartisan candidate questions. Watch this space!