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For those that are keeping up on the midterm elections, you may have noticed that there are more women running for midterms than there have been in the past. So far this year, there are a record number of women that are running for U.S. House, Senate and other offices across the nation. Each year, it seems, there are more and more women running for office.

Midterm elections happen in November, halfway between the presidential elections which happen every four years. All of the members of the House of Representatives (453 of them) are up for election during the midterm elections and one-third of the Senate members are up for election as well. I served as Town Clerk in our town for six years and ran our local elections. The general elections are some of the most important ones that we have in this country, but many people do not vote during them.

According to the New Yorker, there are 607 women running or likely to run for midterms this year. Pennsylvania’s Fifth District has the highest number of women running for midterms. And, while there tend to be more women Democrats than Republicans running for midterms, there are quite a few in both parties.

Here are just a few of the women who are running for midterms this year.

  • Fayrouz Saad – Democrat – Michigan
  • Veronica Escobar – Democrat – Texas
  • Sara Jacobs – Democrat – California
  • Barbara Comstock – Republican – Virginia
  • Claudia Tenney – Republican – New York
  • Lauren Underwood – Democrat – Illinois
  • Heidi Heitkamp – Democrat – North Dakota
  • Martha McSally – Republican – Arizona
  • Tammy Baldwin – Democrat – Wisconsin
  • Catherine Templeton – Republican – South Carolina
  • Stacey Abrams – Democrat – Georgia

The general elections are set to be held on November 6th this year. No matter which party you vote or which candidate you choose, it’s important that you make your choices known. If you have not already registered to vote, be sure that you do so before the general elections.

While voting procedures and the voter registration process are slightly different in each state, you can contact your local election offices for more information. They’ll be able to tell you exactly what you need to do in your state, county, or city.

You can also visit the USA.gov website for more information on the election process. There, you’ll be able to learn about the voter registration deadlines, who can and can’t vote, and how to register in your state. If you’re new to the election process, I recommend that you want the video “Guide for the First Time Voter.”