The 2018 Midterm Elections: It’s About the Numbers

We are just over two weeks away from the midterm elections, which many are calling the election of our lifetimes.

This feels true to me in many respects. A lot has happened over the last two years, most of which I could not have imagined even in my worst nightmares.

All elections should be treated as the elections of our lifetimes because the votes we make determine so much of our everyday lives such as what conditions our streets are in, the safety of our schools, how much we support our city, state and country with our taxes, and who receives healthcare coverage. The list goes on, but the point is that we all have a voice in these matters, and that voice is heard when we vote. It’s quite simple, those who show up and vote have their voices heard. Those people that don’t show up, go unheard.

According to the U.S. Elections Project, in the 2016 presidential election only 61% of eligible adults voted. Over a third of the country chose not to use their voices. President Trump was elected by about 27% of eligible voters. Elections are about voter turnout, but there are also other important numbers to consider as we consider who we want to represent us.

Here are just a few numbers that I am keeping in mind as I vote this November.

250 — The number of children still awaiting reunification with their parents after being separated from them at the border. (The Washington Post)

19 — The number of women who have made allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump. (The Atlantic)

84 — The percentage of Native American women who have experienced violence at some point in their lifetime. (Lakota People’s Law Project)

4, 26, 3 — The number of Trump advisors, Russian nationals, and Russian companies, respectively, that the Mueller investigation has indicted thus far. (Vox)

0 — The number of women on the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee. (www.judiciary.senate.gov)

32 million — The number of people that would lose healthcare coverage if the Affordable Care Act was repealed. (Congressional Budget Office)

2,975 — The number of deaths in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria. (CNN)

26 — The number of environmental regulations that the Trump administration has rolled back. (Bureau of National Affairs)

19 — The number of unarmed Black males killed by police in 2017. (The Washington Post)

1.4 million — The number of people that identify as a gender other than the one they were born into that are at risk of being erased by the Trump administration’s effort to make gender binary. (The New York Times)

2124 & 2233 — The years in which Black women and Hispanic women, respectively, will achieve pay parity if the gender pay gap continues at its current pace. (Institute for Women’s Policy Research)

15,549 — The number of gun deaths in the U.S. in 2017. (Gun Violence Archive)

If you believe your vote doesn’t matter, keep in mind that all of these numbers represent issues and people that our elected officials make decisions about every day. If you want to change these numbers, you must vote. It’s time to elect people who will work on these issues and take these numbers to heart. We all need to show up and be heard on November 6.

Your vote truly is your voice!

Writer, activist, librarian and truth seeker.

Writer, activist, librarian and truth seeker.