Today is finally the day for Midterm Election. It’s been interesting to follow all of the different campaign ads, news reports and debates on TV. Even if we’re not allowed to vote and we don’t have the history of living here, I feel like it’s such an important election, because politics in the states usually affects the whole world.
Two things things I’ve reflected about…
First of all it’s crazy how low the voter turnout is, if you look at earlier years. Last Midterm Election there were about 40 % voter turnout. The numbers are higher for presidential election, about 60 %, but that is still low compared to Sweden. Our last election in September, this year, we had a voter turnout at 87 %. So not only have there been a lot of campaign ads for the candidates there has also been a lot of ads for voter turnout.
Second of all – why does so many of the campaign ads feel like they are produced in the 90’s? Either you choose to bash the other party, or you talk about all the good things you are gonna accomplish and you let other people confirm that you’re a great guy. And every message you send out to the world ends with; “I’m xxx xxx – and I approve this message.” Who talks like that?
This sight has summarized some of the worst campaign ads for the midterm 2018 and it’s really funny (in a laugh at, not with the person, kinda way) – click here.
How about Ohio then?
Ohio is the seventh most populated state in America and is a major influence in politics. It’s a swing state. A swing state refers to any state that could reasonably be won by either Republicans or Democrats. The opposite would be a safe state.
At the moment Republicans outnumber Democrats in Ohio Government. But most of the Mayors of the ten largest cities (Columbus included) are Democrats.
American politics is still a bit confusing to me… but in addition to voting on state, county and municipal seats today, voters will be deciding who will be on the November ballot for 16 U.S. House seats and one of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats. So a lot of things to take a stand on before going to the ballots today.
It will be an interesting night and I will try to stay up as late as possible and watch as the results are being presented.