The midterm election is around the corner!
On Tuesday, November 6, voters across the United States will go to the polls to cast their votes for federal, state, and local candidates.
Exercising your right to vote is an important part of advocacy, so Fight Colorectal Cancer has put together some information so you are prepared for Election Day!
What seats are up for election?
- All 435 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives
- One-third of U.S. Senators (For a full list click HERE)
- Thirty-six state governors (For a full list click HERE)
- Many other state and local officials
Who is running in my state?
You’ve probably seen plenty of mailers, yard signs, or television ads, but if you aren’t sure who is running in your area, the best place to start is at your state or local election office. Most will have information on who is running, how to register to vote, where your polling place is, and more. To find your election office, click HERE and select your state.
Are you registered to vote?
Not sure if you’re registered? Click HERE and click on “Voter Registration” to be directed to your state to determine whether you are already registered. If you need to register to vote, click HERE and enter your state. Some states allow same-day registration, but not all. Each state has a different deadline for voter registration so don’t wait!
How do I know if a candidate will be a champion for the colorectal cancer community?
Between television, radio, newspapers, and social media, there is tons of information coming at you all the time. And it can be a lot to sift through. Everyone has to make their own choices about what they deem most important to them, but below are some questions we put together to help you determine whether your candidate will stand with you in the fight against colorectal cancer.
- Do you support robust, stable funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)?
- Do you support protections for patients with pre-existing conditions?
- Do you support funding for screening and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)?
- Would you commit to cosponsoring the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act?
How do I get in touch with candidates?
Most candidates will have a campaign website with information on how to contact them. Email and social media are great ways to reach out to candidates to share your story and ask the questions that are important to you. Another great way to engage candidates is to attend an event! Candidates often hold local public events that are a great opportunity to ask questions.