After what has objectively felt like a long, exhausting year without end, election day is finally here – and so much is at stake. In this year’s midterm elections, voters will decide which party will dominate the U.S. House and Senate for the next two years and, as a result, whether President Joe Biden will be able to complete his legislative agenda this term. Voters will also decide on the future of important issues such as abortion rights, both at the state and federal levels; after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, some Republicans threatened to introduce a national abortion ban if they were to win both houses of Congress, while Biden has promised to codify Roe into federal law if Democrats can add a few more seats to the Senate.
But the midterm elections are also about more than who’s in charge in Washington DC—they’re about which officials will lead your town, your city, your school boards, your local courts, and how those people will approach issues like reproductive rights, the climate crisis. , finance, education and healthcare right in your own backyard. New York Times‘the editorial office has also urged voters to consider how many of these midterm races, including elections for secretary of state, attorney general and governor, “will play a critical role in overseeing and certifying the 2024 presidential election.”
To put it simply: This is an important election and no one can afford to sit on the sidelines, which makes it all the more heartening to see some of the country’s biggest celebrities urging everyone to get out and vote. From musicians like Billie Eilish and Alicia Keys to actors like Sofia Carson and Viola Davis, celebrities posted their “I Voted” stickers and asked their fans to make their voices heard. Because, as singer Kacey Musgraves wrote, “This is a big one.”