2018 Midterm Election Results: What You Should Be Paying Attention To
The day Taylor Swift has been waiting for is finally here. Voters across the country are lining up for the 2018 midterm elections, aka the first election in years where people are finally admitting that their vote actually matters and they’ve just been lazy.
If you haven’t registered to vote yet, you can see if your state is one of the sixteen sane, logical states that offer same-day registration here. If you’re one of the thirty-five million smart people who checked the weather for this week and decided to vote early or voted by mail, join us as we watch this hot mess of a day go down and pray to our liberal gods: Chrissy Teigen, Kamala Harris and the Obama Family.
The rain has made a lot of people worry that voter turnout will decrease in key states on the East Coast. Historically, bad weather decreases turnout for Democratic voters and gives Republicans a bit of an advantage. Luckily, as CNBC explained, that typically only happens in uncompetitive elections. The actual issues we’re facing today are long lines at polling places and malfunctioning machines.
There are fewer polling locations today than there were five years ago because key parts of the Voting Rights Act were struck down by the Supreme Court, which was clearly not a good call. Nearly a thousand locations have closed, most of which were located in southern Black communities according to PEW. Combined with tightening voter ID laws that target minorities, the closing of these polls makes a difficult race even harder for Stacey Abrams, who is trying to become the first black woman elected governor, and for all democratic races, since, statistically, white people are ruining America (just read The Washington Post).
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Long lines have been a problem across the country today with some voters waiting up to three hours in the rain. US News and World Report quoted a woman who saw nearly two dozen people leave because of the lines, which stretched around buildings at her polling place. Explanations for the wait ranged from polling places being understaffed to machine overloads and malfunctions (like the two counties where voting machines weren’t registering votes and there were over fifty-one thousand voter registrations placed on hold), but it’s more likely that years of voter suppression are taking its toll on the increasingly sparse number of polling places across the southern portion of the country.
A town outside of Pheonix, Arizona also suffered from polling place closures when its polling place was unexpectedly foreclosed on in the early hours of the morning, locking the ballots inside, and USA Today reports that voting machines were rejecting ballots that hadn’t been completely filled out in Greater Cincinnati.
The first polls won’t close until 6 PM EST, when races in Indiana and Kentucky will be decided, including one of the biggest House races of the night between Dem. Amy McGrath and incumbent
Some of the closest races won’t be decided for weeks due to mail ballots, but in a crazy election cycle like this one, really every state and every hour could be crucial to taking back the legislative branch (except for in Alaska, which should honestly just be considered Canada at this point).
Politico will be offering real-time, easy-to-read updates throughout the day, so keep checking back for new results starting in the 6 PM hour, and GO VOTE!