Midterm, State, and Local Elections

Upcoming Elections for 2017

While the Presidential election year is over, there are many other races coming up that can impact your life at the local, state, and federal level. While your state or local election office is the best source for information on elections in your area, this interactive map displays a preview, by state, for races to be held in 2017.

Midterm Elections

Midterm elections are the federal elections held halfway between Presidential elections, which are every four years. Voters elect one-third of all U.S. Senators and all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives during the midterm elections. The next midterm elections will be held in November 2018.

U.S. House of Representatives

Since members of the U.S. House of Representatives serve two-year terms, all 435 Representatives are elected during both midterm and Presidential election years. The number of Representatives per state is based proportionally on the state’s population. Each Representative serves the citizens of a specific congressional district. To be elected, a Representative must be at least 25 years old, a U.S. citizen for at least seven years, and live in the state he or she represents.

U.S. Senate 

Senators serve six-year, overlapping terms. One-third of all U.S. Senators are chosen during each midterm and each Presidential election year. There are 100 U.S. Senators, two from each state. To be elected, a Senator must be at least 30 years old, a U.S. citizen for at least nine years, and live in the state he or she represents.

State and Local Elections

State and local elections can take place in any year, at various times throughout the year. Elections may be for the state’s governor, seats in the state legislature, a city’s mayor, or various local offices. Ballot initiatives may be up for vote too.

Check with your state or local election office or with the U.S. Vote Foundation for the upcoming races and dates of elections in your area.

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Last Updated: January 26, 2017

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