Today is the 2018 midterm election. 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.
So vote. If you live in Milwaukee County, here are five things to keep in mind:
1. WHAT YOU’RE VOTING FOR
Today’s 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 are voting “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. THE CANDIDATES
All Milwaukee County residents are voting for the following candidates. Wanna see what your specific ballot looks 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)
Brad Schimel (Republican)
Josh Kaul (Democratic)
Terry Larson (Constitution)
Secretary of State
Jay Schroeder (Republican)
Doug La Follette (Democratic)
Travis Hartwig (Republican)
Sarah Godlewski (Democratic)
Andrew Zuelke (Constitution)
United States Senator
Leah Vukmir (Republican)
Tammy Baldwin (Democratic)
Milwaukee County Sheriff
Earnell Lucas (Democratic)
Milwaukee County Clerk of Circuit Court
John Barrett (Democratic)
3. IF YOU STILL NEED TO REGISTER
You can register to vote at the polls, which are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. You’ll need to provide a Proof of Residence document. Need to check your voter registration status? Go here.
4. WHERE TO VOTE AND WHAT TO BRING ALONG
Find your polling place here. Bring along an acceptable photo ID when you go to that polling place.
5. WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU’RE DONE VOTING
First, revel in the whole “democracy” thing. Then either join us at Avalon Theater for a (sold-out) screening of Idiocracy, or go to these two shows (free with a picture of yourself at your polling place):
Lorde Fredd33 + Tapebenders @ Miller High Life Theatre (Plankinton Hall), 6 p.m.
Eliza Hanson + Beach Static, Ms. Lotus Fankh, Kia Rap Princess @ Cactus Club, 8 p.m.