The 2018 midterm election is set for Tuesday, November 6. It’s gonna be a big one: All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate are up for grabs. Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, a liberal or a conservative, on the right side of history or on the wrong, you should totally vote. Seriously: put all that political social media rage to use and VOTE, for christ’s sake.
So what can you do in the meantime? Plenty. If you live in Milwaukee County, here are five things to keep you busy. You’ve got about a month, so no excuses.
1. FIND OUT WHAT YOU’RE VOTING FOR
The November 6 election is for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, State Senator (in odd-numbered districts only) Representatives to the Assembly (in all districts), Milwaukee County Sheriff, and Milwaukee Clerk of Circuit Court. Plus, Milwaukee County residents will vote “yes” or “no” on the following referendum: “Do you favor allowing adults 21 years of age and older to engage in the personal use of marijuana, while also regulating commercial marijuana-related activities, and imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana?”
2. GET TO KNOW THE CANDIDATES
All Milwaukee County residents will vote on for the following candidates. You’ve got about a month, so read up. (Wanna see what your specific ballot will look like? Go here.)
Scott Walker / Rebecca Kleefisch (Republican)
Tony Evers / Mandela Barnes (Democratic)
Phillip Anderson / Patrick Baird (Libertarian)
Michael J. White / Tiffany Anderson (Wisconsin Green)
Maggie Turnbull / Wil Losch (Independent)
Arnie Enz (The Wisconsin Party)
Milwaukee County Sheriff
Earnell Lucas (Democratic)
Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court
John Barrett (Democratic)
3. REGISTER TO VOTE
You can register to vote by mail (deadline: October 17), online (deadline: October 17) in-person at your municipal clerk’s office (deadline: November 2), or at the polls on Election Day (7 a.m.-8 p.m.). Do it all here. Oh, and you’ll need to provide a Proof of Residence document. You’ve got about a month. (Need to check your voter registration status? Go here.)
4. FIGURE OUT WHERE TO VOTE AND WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING ALONG
Find your polling place here. Bring along an acceptable photo ID when you go to that polling place. There you go. You’ve got about a month.
5. VOTE NOW
Through the magic of absentee voting, you can skip the churches, gyms, and befuddled senior citizens that make Election Day so special and vote right now. First, see #3 and register to vote. Then request an absentee ballot here. Fill that sucker out, and get it back to your municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day. There. You voted. Thank you.