David Davenport: What’s at Stake in the 2018 Elections
435 House and 33 Senate seats. 36 governorships. 6,665 state offices and tens of thousands of local ones. And you ask what’s at stake in the 2018 elections? There’s more: important ballot measures like the gas tax in California, carbon emissions in Washington, Medicaid expansion and voting rights. Beyond the direct effects of your vote lie other questions. If we split the House and Senate, will anything be passed in the next two years? Even though Donald Trump is not on the ballot, this election will largely be a referendum on his performance. It’s embarrassing but, according to the Pew Research Center, voter turnout in the U.S. is only 26th out of 32 democratic countries. Isn’t there enough at stake for you to vote? Believe me, this is not a year to be disengaged. Turn out and do your part.