By all accounts hundreds of thousands of women again took to the streets to protest the current administration. These women are from despairing, instead they are taking matters into their own hands and daring to suggest that the November elections offer an opportunity to truly make America great again. If we have learned nothing else the past year, is that EVERY vote matters and we can’t sleep on one of our most important tasks in our democracy—voting!



With Power to the Polls as the rally cry for 2018, hundreds of organizations are gearing up to launch aggressive voter registration campaigns that will hopefully lead to massive turnout on November 6th. WE CAN will be registering women of color (and anyone else standing around ?) at locations across the country from now until election day. Take a second to check your voter registration status and share this post with your family, friends and networks, so they too can check their status.


Courtesy: WomensMarch.Org


Another thing we can do now is to make sure we fully understand what is at stake. This November 6th, there are several important things you need to know as we prepare to demonstrate our Power at the Polls! We have at least one opportunity to affect change when we cast our vote for the House of Representatives, and some of you will be selecting Senators, Governors and other key local offices.


33 Seats in the United States Senate

United States Senators serve for six (6) year terms. Not all Senators are up for election at the same time. The Constitution requires the Senate to be divided into three classes for purposes of elections. So, every two years the members of one class—approximately one-third of the senators—face election or reelection. In November 2018, the following Senate seats are up for grabs. Click your state to learn your history of Senate elections. If your Senator is not in this class, s/he has more time to earn your continued trust and represent you and the issues you care about well. Now would be a good time to contact your United States Senator and start to build a relationship (if you haven’t already).



Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill

All 435 Seats in the United States House of Representatives

The Constitution requires that all 435 members of the House of Representatives be subject to elections every two (2) years. This means we have a chance to put in office a candidate who represents you and your issues well more frequently than the Senate. Likewise, we also have the power to remove from office any Congressman who is not representing us and our issues well. Learn more about your Representative on their website and reach out and establish a relationship (if you haven’t already).



Maryland State House


39 Governors Offices in State Capitols Nationwide

Equally important to the National Congressional Elections are state and local races. In November 2018, 39 Governors will be elected. WE CAN will share more details later the voting calendar for each state so you know voter registration deadlines, requirements and primary dates. In the meantime, take a look at the list below and see if your state will be selecting its’ leader this November.

21 Incumbent Races – Incumbents Eligible to Seek Reelection

Alabama – Kay Ivey

Alaska – Bill Walker

Arizona – Doug Ducey

Arkansas – Asa Hutchinson

Hawaii – David Ige

Illinois – Bruce Rauner

Iowa – Kim Reynolds

Maryland – Larry Hogan

Massachusetts – Charlie Baker

Nebraska – Pete Ricketts

New Hampshire – Chris Sununu

New York – Andrew Cuomo

Oregon – Kate Brown

Pennsylvania – Tom Wolf

Rhode Island – Gina Raimondo

South Carolina – Henry McMaster

Texas – Greg Abbott

Vermont – Phil Scott

Wisconsin – Scott Walker


US Territories

Northern Mariana Islands – Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres

Virgin Islands – Kenneth Mapp


18 Open Races – Incumbent Not Eligible to Run or Not Seeking Reelection

California – Jerry Brown

Colorado – John Hickenlooper

Connecticut – Dan Malloy

Florida – Rick Scott

Georgia – Nathan Deal

Guam – Eddie Calvo

Idaho – C.L. “Butch” Otter

Kansas – Sam Brownback

Maine – Paul LePage

Michigan – Rick Snyder

Minnesota – Mark Dayton

Nevada – Brian Sandoval

New Mexico – Susana Martinez

Ohio – John Kasich

Oklahoma – Mary Fallin

South Dakota – Dennis Daugaard

Tennessee – Bill Haslam

Wyoming – Matthew Mead



32 States and Washington, DC will have major municipal elections in 2018

Cities and counties in the following states will be electing Mayors, City Council, County Commissioners/Supervisors, Board of Education members, City Attorney and other key legislative positions that make decisions that affect your everyday life. Please check and see if your city or town is selecting leader(s).

States with Municipal Elections in 2018


Now is not the time for us to be lazy or otherwise complacent with our duty to vote and participate in our democracy. Now that you know what’s at stake-get ready. November 6th is only 286 days away. Don’t despair-prepare!

Yours in the struggle,

Stephanie McGencey

WE CAN Founder and President

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