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The 2016 General Election

The election is Tuesday, November 8. It will determine all 435 seats in the US House and 34 of 100 US Senate seats of which 24 are held by Republicans and 10 by Democrats.

2014 election results
In 2016, Democrats hold eight of the 12 governorships up for election.
2014 congressional election

There are 99 state legislative chambers and 86 of the 99 will hold elections. Sixty-eight are under GOP control and 30 under Democrats. Although technically nonpartisan, the Nebraska State Senate is controlled by a Republican majority.

2012 voting results
 

VALUABLE RESOURCES TO ASSIST VOTERS

While voting laws and procedures vary from state-to-state, uniform requirements to vote that are set by the Federal Election Commission require that you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A resident of the state in which you're planning to register. If you just moved to a new state for school, you can take part in absentee voting;
  • At least 18-years-old at the time of the next election

You'll find below links to update voter registration or register to vote, voting identification requirements, early voting and absentee ballot instructions, and local voting locations. Contact your county election officials if anything is unclear about the the voting process.



Map of US Register to Vote HereVoter Registration: Get Registered or Check Your Registration Info

With few exceptions, states require that you register several days before you can vote in an election. You must provide approved ID when registering. Select your jurisdiction below to register to vote, update voter registration, or check to see if you're registered to vote. Note: The National Mail Voter Registration Form allows you to register to vote from anywhere in the United States.
 
Absentee VotingMake Your Vote Count: Absentee and Early Voting

You may be eligible to vote prior to the election as an absentee or early voter. Early voting or voting by absentee ballot is available in every state. For information, select your state below. You should call your local election office if anything you read is unclear to you.
 
Voter IDKnow What Kind of ID to Bring

Many states require every voter to present ID before voting. Several require “approved” identification, such as a special state-issued ID card, for those without a drivers license.In addition to longer lines at polling places, many voters have been disenfranchised. Learn voter ID requirements below.
 
democracyFind Your Polling Place

Many states offer online services that help you look up your local voting Website. Other sites list contact information for local election officials who are trained to help you find your polling place. Beware of so-called "challengers" at polling places. Select your place of residence below.
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  • Clinton seeks to keep Trump on defensive after presidential debate
  • RALEIGH, N.C. (Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton sought on Tuesday to keep Republican rival Donald Trump on the defensive a day after their first U.S. presidential debate with accusations he is a sexist, racist and tax dodger, while Trump suggested he would "hit her harder" next time by bringing up her husband's infidelity.


  • Trump gets back on message at first rally after debate
  • MELBOURNE, Fla. (Reuters) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump got back on message on Tuesday after Democrat Hillary Clinton put him on the defensive at their first debate, and he cast her as "stuck in the past" and himself as a change agent.


  • Obama power plant rules face key test in court
  • WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The centerpiece of President Barack Obama's climate change strategy faced a key test on Tuesday as conservative appeals court judges questioned whether his administration overstepped its legal authority under an air pollution law to make sweeping changes to the U.S. electric sector.


  • Kansas judge extends voting rights for those registered at motor vehicle offices
  • (Reuters) - A Kansas judge extended voting rights through the Nov. 8 election of about 17,500 people who registered to vote at motor vehicle offices, court documents showed on Tuesday in one of the cases highlighting a political battle over identification laws enacted in Republican-led states.


  • Federal judge limits some Election Day voter registration in Illinois
  • CHICAGO (Reuters) - A federal judge in Illinois on Tuesday blocked same-day registration at polling places in the state's most populous counties, saying a law enacted last year disproportionately favored urban voters over their rural counterparts.


  • Stop-gap bill to avoid government shutdown fails Senate procedural vote
  • WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A stop-gap funding bill to avoid a federal government shutdown later this week failed to garner enough votes to move forward in the Senate on Tuesday, with Democrats and Republicans both opposing the measure.


  • Senior national security official to leave Justice Department
  • WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. Justice Department official who oversaw efforts to prosecute Islamic State sympathizers and pursue cyber criminals is leaving the Obama administration next month, he told Reuters on Tuesday.


  • Opponents of Saudi 9/11 bill keep up fight ahead of veto override vote
  • WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Opponents of a bill that would allow lawsuits against Saudi Arabia's government over the Sept. 11 attacks kept up their fight against the measure on Tuesday, a day before the U.S. Senate is expected to oppose President Barack Obama's veto, allowing the bill to become law.


  • In first face-off with Clinton, Trump struggles to be 'change' candidate
  • HEMPSTEAD, New York (Reuters) - Running as an anti-establishment candidate, Donald Trump took the presidential debate stage on Monday night to hammer home his call for sweeping political change and try to win over millions of undecided voters.


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