The midterms are coming up fast, and this year the stakes are high: It’s the first national election day since President Joe Biden was voted into office, and it will ultimately determine which party is in charge of the U.S. House and Senate for the next. two years, as well as who will lead a number of influential local offices. Our new officials will be tasked with working on serious problems such as the economy, climate change and the future of access to abortion– and who is in office can make the difference between forward momentum or rollback of rights and progress. But exactly when do we know WHO won every midterm election? Below you will find a guide on how to follow the races – plus how you can still take part.
When are the midterm elections?
Election day is officially Tuesday, Nov. 8, although some states offer early voting to make the election more accessible. You can check if your state has early voting options herebut be sure to check the address for early voting if it is offered – the polls may be in a different location than on regular election day.
When are the midterm results published?
In years past, the midterm election results were often announced the night of Election Day, after the polls closed, or the morning after, so you could see the results on the night of November. 8 or early in the morning on Nov. 9. However some experts warn voters that it takes days to know this year’s winners – and that’s okay, especially when you consider the increased number of people who have been postal vote due to the pandemic.
Also, in some states like Georgia, a candidate must have a majority of the vote to win, and if no one does, the top two vote getters go to a runoff, typically in December, meaning we have to wait until then for the final results .
Just remember: A long wait is not a sign of voter fraud. So please be patient and be vigilant while we wait for results. You can keep an eye on who is winning each race on outlets like NBC News, That New York Times, Associated Pressand FiveThirtyEight.
How can I find out who is on my midterm ballot?
If you’re still wondering who exactly will appear on your ballot on Election Day, you can find that (and more) at When We All Vote’s voter hub. If you don’t recognize the names on your ballot, specific organizations will often offer a basic guide to help voters figure out who best aligns with their values, such as this list from the Democratic Socialists of America or this from the Workers’ Party, e.g. And the nonprofit, nonpartisan League of Women Voters has been building the site VOICE 411 to help people find out where candidates stand on various issues if they haven’t had a chance to follow the races closely.
How can I register for the midterm elections?
Registration dates vary by state, so be sure to check the deadlines for your area here. (Note that some states will allow voters to register the same day you vote, while others have an earlier deadline.) And if you’re still wondering if you’re registered (you may be and not realize it!) or want to do so ASAP, select the button below to get started:
Aimée Lutkin is weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and more. Her first book, The lone hunter, will be published by Dial Press in February 2022.