The upcoming midterms could reshape Congress for the better


Alliana Samonte

Junior Mia Garcia votes in the mock election held on Oct. 9

Itzel Luna

The November 2018 midterm elections have a lot at stake this year and the lack of voting in previous years has spurred a huge push for the younger generation and women to vote.

The presidential elections in 2016 produced the lowest voter turnout in nearly two decades with only 54.7 percent of voting age citizens casting ballots. The elections will determine which political party will take over the senate and the house of representatives for the next two years.

Midterm voters tend to consist mostly of older Republicans. However, Democrats are hoping the heavy opposition to Trump and the recent interest shown in topics like immigration and gun control will urge millennials and the younger generations to vote.

Many organizations such as the nonprofit voter registration group HeadCount hoped to reach young voters this year by partnering up with singer Beyonce on her On The Run II tour where fans were able to register to vote at the concert. Survivors from the school shooting that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 set out on a national tour called Road to Change over the summer. The tour aimed to motivate young voters and boost the turnout. They visited over 80 communities in 24 states over the course of 60 days.

All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be filled by the midterms. Only one third of the 100 Senate seats will be up for grabs this year.

Currently, the Republican party has control over both houses but this is likely to change since the Democratic party currently has an 84 percent chance of taking over the House, according to fivethirtyeight. Republicans are expected to keep control over the Senate since Democrats only have around a 18 percent chance of taking over.

Democrats taking control of either house will likely cripple President Donald Trump’s agenda since any legislation his party proposes will most likely be rejected. On the other hand, Republican’s maintaining control of the House will result in more opportunities to push Trump’s agenda.

With the obvious rise in political interest shown by young activists all over the country in recent years, there has been a push to lower the voting age to 16. The national campaign Vote16USA is trying to gain support from political leaders to make this change.

Many celebrities have also used their platform to try and encourage their fans to vote. Earlier, singer Taylor Swift took to Instagram to share her political stance and urge her young followers to vote. Her post caused a spike in voting registrations in Tennessee, the state Swift will be voting in. reported that they saw 2,144 new registrations in the 36 hours after the post.