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Election 2016: Update

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After more than a year of campaigning, the presidential primaries are (finally!) over and the candidates confirmed. Now it’s time focus on the issues.

There is a lot a stake in this election beyond who becomes President. The Senate majority may change and there is likely to be a shake up in the House of Representatives as well. The future of the Supreme Court may be the biggest reason we should all think carefully at the polls this November. The next President is likely to appoint two to three judges in their first term alone. (Justice Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court is still vacant and two judges will be in their 80s and one will be 78 on election day.)

A lot is going on at the state level as well. There are 149 approved state ballot measures in 35 states (just 2 less than what was approved by this time in the 2014 mid-term elections). And while none of the ballot initiatives (so far) target access to reproductive health care head on (unlike the mid-term elections in 2014 when there were several state ballot initiatives that affected access to birth control and abortion) the state ballots do cover critical reproductive justice issues such as education, the minimum wage, health care access, and gun control.

Before heading to the polls this November educate yourself on what is on the ballot in your state. There is plenty of time to register to vote and get the facts and vote on November 8th!

It’s up to you!

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