There are four more competitive special elections for state legislative seats taking place in January, and the people of South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania have a chance to make their voices heard.
State legislatures make laws about everything from civil rights to student loan policies to marijuana legalization, which is to say that local elections are extremely significant.
According to Flippable, “Special elections are anyone’s game. Most voters don’t show up at the polls for them, so the normal rules don’t apply. The party that’s paying the most attention has the best chance of winning.” In other words, more than ever, every single vote counts.
Here’s where voters can make a difference this month:
Wisconsin State Assembly, District 58 — Tuesday, January 16
Republican representative Bob Gannon passed away on October 3, 2017, and the state is holding a special election to fill his seat on Tuesday, January 16. Democratic nominee Dennis Degenhardt and Republican nominee Rick Gundrum will face off that day. Degenhardt’s platform is focused on education, increased wages and improved benefits,