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2018 Midterm Election Research

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As with any election, I think it’s important to do some research on the ballot before voting. This midterm was no exception, and while thinking about your vote there are a few things that are good to keep in mind.

Stay Informed

Ballots only contain as much information as they have to; which is to say for most things it’s going to be quite minimal. If you aren’t satisfied with only knowing party affiliation, doing some research on candidates and issues will be of great benefit. Stances change, and sources don’t always remain reliable; personally, I find that each election I wind up finding new or different places of information. Checking multiple sources is also wise. A few places I found useful this time were and

Know Where You Stand

Staying informed isn’t going to do much good if you don’t know what you think about a topic. If an issue seems unclear, viewing opposing viewpoints can help narrow things down.

Check Results

After voting, it makes sense to see the results. There are a number of ways to do this; Google can display election results directly on search pages, even updating live. For these midterms, this page showing by-state results was interesting:

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