Beyond the Presidency

Oct 23, 2020
Oct 23, 2020
Getting to Know the Entire Ballot

On November 3, we'll elect a president, 35 U.S. senators, 435 members of the House of Representatives, and many other important leaders. Each of these elected offices plays an important role in how our cities, counties, states, and entire country function. In turn, each of us has a role to play in choosing who will hold those offices after November 3. Make the most of your right to vote by getting to know the candidates up for election on your ballot.

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The Basics of Voting in 2020:

• U.S. Election Day is November 3.

• Early voting is already underway in some states.

• A president, 35 U.S. senators, 435 members of the House of Representatives, 11 governors

• 27 out of 50 states automatically send registered voters mail-in ballots or mail-in ballot applications.

What’s on the Ballot:

Ballots will vary by county and state. If you have questions about your ballot, there are many different resources where you can find more information, including HeadCount.org.

But here’s what you might expect to see on your ballot:

President

The Commander in Chief of our armed services, and the person responsible for implementing laws written by Congress. This position also holds responsibility for representing the entire country.

Senator

The U.S. Senate is made up of 100 senators, two for each state. Each senator serves a six-year term. Along with the U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate approves the federal government’s annual budget.

House of Representatives

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives represent a portion of their state known as a congressional district. This averages around 700,000 people.

District Attorney

District attorneys (DA) have the power to choose which charges are filed against an individual accused of a crime. When the police arrest someone, the DA has the power to prosecute those cases or not. For example, they may choose to divert the accused to a drug treatment program or dismiss the case altogether.

Tax Commissioner

Tax commissioners are responsible for collecting property taxes and keeping track of billing and accounting for your state. This means real estate, ad valorem taxes, etc.

Referendums

In 26 states, a statewide referendum process is available to citizens. A referendum allows citizens to vote directly on proposed laws. A referendum is only passed if it’s approved by a majority of voters.

These are a few of the items you might expect come Election Day. No ballot is the same. We urge you to make your voice known. Educate yourself. Be informed and get out and vote.

Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/the-legislative-branch

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