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Advocacy 101: Just the Basics

Posted 10 October 2018 by Michael Grignon

In case you missed it, there is another election coming up on November 6th. 

You might be asking yourself: "Which offices are up for election?"  "Is it my Senator or Congressmember?"  "Who ARE my Senators and Congressmember?"  "Where do my representatives stand on issues important to cancer patients?"

Well, we have answers!  The advocacy committee is happy to present this two part series to get you prepared for November.  Please note, this is NOT an endorsement of any candidate or political party.

During this year's midterm elections, every seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and one-third of the U.S. Senate is up for election. This is not a Presidential election. Visit the U.S. Election Assistance Commission for more information on registering and voting in your state. In addition to registering and updating your voter registration, make sure you know exactly where you will be voting. Find out more from your state election office. 

Here is more information about the structure of our federal government: 

Executive Branch
  • The President: serves four year term (not up for re-election in 2018)
The Legislative Branch
The U.S. House of Representatives
  • 435 total districts, where one Congressmember represents approximately 700 000 people
  • Each state has representatives, based on population: California has 53, Vermont, and a few others, have only 1
  • Serve two year terms: every Congressmember up for election every two years
  • Everyone has one U.S. Representative
The U.S. Senate
  • 100 total (each state, regardless of population, has two)
  • Serve six year, staggered terms: entire Senate is not up for election every sixth year, only a portion at a time
  • Everyone has 2 U.S. Senators
OUR VOTE determines who serves in the House, Senate and Presidency: who is introducing which bills, who is reviewing the bills and which bills pass into law.

OUR VOICE, by calling their office, e-mailing, leaving messages on their social media, can let our Congressmember, Senators and President know which bills we want passed (or do not want passed). 
Now that you know how it works, you need to learn who is working for you (who your representatives are), who is up for election in 2018, how to find out where they stand on bills and where you go to vote on November 6th. 

Keep your eyes open for Advocacy 201, coming shortly!

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