Posted by Leah Cannon
Election Day in the US is November 6, but why wait that long? Some states offer early voting; here in Tennessee early voting started October 17 and goes through November 1.
Early voting 🗳 already voted o pic.twitter.com/YunQQ3LJ2E
— Jacqueline M Martin (@JacquiYoungL) October 25, 2018
Midterm elections are a pivotal time when parties hope to maintain or shift majorities on both the Federal and local level. Thirty-five Senate seats are up for re-election or special election and all House of Representative seats are contested. Additionally, 36 states are electing Governors.
The Washington Post notes that voters turn out in far fewer numbers for midterm elections than for presidential elections, but Fortune predicts a 50 year high for 2018 midterms based on a combination of participation in special elections, primaries, early voting, and overall interest in the election.
Many early voters proudly showed off the stickers they received at polling places:
My best friend in the whole world just voted early in Houston area.
Overheard at polling site:
Workers: “Never seen anything like this”
— em (@emlas) October 22, 2018
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) October 24, 2018
As a Home Hospice terminal cancer patient in NV on Medicaid and SSI, I voted on the first day of early voting, which was Oct 20. So happy to say that I did! Early voting helps ill ppl not be disenfranchised. Love Life, Love Life, Impact Others, 💙Emily Fay Reese pic.twitter.com/HyrSCk0CaH
— 💙#EmilysTerminalCancerJourney 💙#FightForMedicaid (@mlereese) October 24, 2018
Even Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg voted early!
A friend spotted RBG voting early today.
Be like RBG: if you’re able, go vote early! pic.twitter.com/Ane6OwpXH0
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) October 23, 2018