WHY ARE SPECIAL ELECTIONS SO SPECIAL?

Special elections happen when a lawmaker dies, resigns, or gets a new job in the government. They occur all year round, every year. With low levels of funding and low voter turnout, you might think these elections are no big deal—but they’re actually hugely important.

That’s because:

  • 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.

  • There are dozens of special elections every year—and each one gives us an opportunity to flip or defend a seat. Since November 2016, Dems have won more than 30 special elections.

  • By getting out the vote for these low-profile races, Dems can make quiet progress nationwide.

We don’t have to wait for the next election cycle to start making a difference.

IS THERE AN UPCOMING ELECTION IN YOUR STATE?

Dig into our special elections table to find out the when, where, & who. We keep track of upcoming state and Congressional races.


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