When it comes to efforts to prevent gun violence and save lives, there is a tremendous amount at stake in the 2018 midterm elections on November 6.
Republicans have controlled the White House, House of Representatives and Senate since the controversial 2016 general election. Since that time, they have blocked every effort at gun reform, no matter how modest or sensible. For this reason, there has been no progress at the federal level in making background checks universal, banning assault weapons like the AR-15, enacting safe storage requirements for firearms to protect children, etc.
Meanwhile, Republicans have further weakened America’s already porous gun laws, which currently result in more than 38,000 deaths and 80,000 injuries per year [CDC WISQARS] . NRA-drafted legislation was enacted making it legal for certain severely mentally ill individuals to buy/own guns. Congress also looked the other way when the Trump administrations dispensed with important regulations on exports of small arms.
If we want elected leaders at the federal and state level who prioritize the safety of our families over the financial interests of the gun industry, then we must vote in the 2018 midterm elections. Make sure to vote by taking the following steps:
1) If you are not already registered to vote, GET REGISTERED! For instructions on how to do so, visit the following link:
Thirty-seven states plus the District of Columbia now allow for online voter registration, making the process easier than ever before.
2) Cast your vote before November 6 if your state makes early voting available. The following chart details laws governing early voting for all 50 states and the District of Columbia:
3) If you are not able to vote early (or don’t wish to), then vote on Election Day (November 6, 2018). To find your polling place, use this website to visit the homepage of your state board of elections:
Please note that three states now conduct voting entirely by mail (no need to visit a polling place). These states are Colorado, Oregon and Washington.
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