| October 26 2018,

1:40 pm

Midterm elections are more than just voting for candidates; elections are a time to vote on state ballot initiatives that focus on a particular issue. This year's elections are especially important, because of the amount of major issues you can potentially vote for or against.

For instance, your state may be voting on the legalization of marijuana. If you live in the Midwest, you could be voting on issues that impact prison reform, via legislation that includes direct input from the Ohio Student Association (OSA). Additionally, a vote for a Democratic candidate for governor could mean a vote for proposed affordable health care. Other important matters that specifically affect the Black community, like more protections against the adverse impact of gentrification and support for fair voter rights, may also be included on the ballot in your state. 

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There are endless reasons to vote on November 6. But the bottom line is that candidates in the 2018 midterm elections are running on initiatives that — whether you choose to vote or not— will directly or indirectly influence the trajectory of your life, as well as the lives of your friends and family. This is why it's so important to familiarize yourself with candidates' platforms and understand what voting for your representatives could mean for your future.

To make your voice count, get the polls and vote!

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