November 2023 – What’s on the Ballot?

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November 2023 – What’s on the Ballot?

Believe it or not – millions of Americans will have an election on November 7th, 2023! And you might be one of them. So what is at stake in this election?

State Government

Kentucky and Mississippi will elect new governors on November 7th as well as other key state officials. While both of these states are generally red states, Kentucky has a history of electing Democratic Governor’s.

State Legislatures

In Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia there are tons of elections both for the State House and State Senate but also for local officials that impact our day-to-day lives.

In Virginia the residents will elect County Supervisors and Board of Education seats. And in New Jersey school boards and township officers are on the ballot across the state! In Mississippi county offices are up for election from Supervisor to Constable! We are covering over 8800 candidates in these three states alone!

State Ballot Measures / Referendums

Many people cannot only select who will represent them, but can also weigh in on important policy decisions, through ballot measures and referendums. 

  • Texas will decide on topics ranging from retirement ages for judges, to wealth tax issues, and to teacher pay.
  • Colorado will vote on property taxes and cigarette taxes.
  • Maine citizens will voice an opinion on how to gather signatures for petitions and who owns the right to the data on one’s vehicle.
  • New Yorkers will weigh in on debt for local municipalities.
  • Ohio voters have two big choices on abortion and legalizing marijuana.
  • Washington residents will speak up about local landlords.

Local Elections

While the states with a state-wide election (KY, MI, NJ, VA) get most of the press, there are quite a few other states where most if not all residents will have an election! We are covering over 43,700 candidates in states with local elections.

  • Connecticut: The Constitution State will elect School Boards, Mayors, Selectman and Town Meeting Representatives in municipalities across the state.
  • Indiana: Towns across the Hoosier state will elect Mayors and Councils!
  • Iowa: It’ll take a Hawkeye to find a town without a local election this November 7th!
  • Kansas: The Sunflower state could be a symbol of hope and positivity for record turnout for school boards, mayors, councils, community college districts and more!
  • New York: The Empire state will elect County Legislatures, District Attorneys, Town Councils and more. Everyone across the state has an opportunity to vote!
  • North Carolina: Whether you are a UNC Tar Heel fan or cheer for someone else, we’ll be cheering for you to vote for your local government!
  • Ohio: In August the voters of Ohio indicated that they want to keep the power in the hands of the people. On November 7th, the Buckeyes can do that again by voting for Educational Service Districts, Township and municipal officers!
  • Pennsylvania: The Keystone is the piece that holds a structure together. Voting is the piece that holds Democracy together and voters in the Keystone state can vote for County, Township and local government!
  • Washington: The Evergreen State helps voters see the forest through the trees with all mail voting for their election.

And then finally we’ve got the states where it is the MOST difficult to determine if you’ve got an election. In the following states there are quite a few elections we are covering, so it is the most important to check to see if you can vote!

  • Alaska
  • Arizona (especially Tucson)
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon (well if you live in Brookings)
  • Rhode Island – Congressional special election
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah

And then we wouldn’t want to forget the folks who have an election later this year! On November 18th Louisiana will elect the seats that didn’t win outright in October. A few voters in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska will vote on November 14th.

Please check to see if you can vote and encourage your friends and family to do the same. Local elections are frequently decided by a handful of votes and yours could make the difference! If you’re looking for an easy way to help those around you – check out our new ballot sharing tool!