Who’s on the ballot?

October 2018

Land Line Staff


This November, voters across the country will cast ballots on important races and issues. The proof is in the numbers. There are nearly 8,000 elected officials at the state and federal levels of government. They include both chambers of Congress, governors and state lawmakers. Of those positions, 83 percent of them are on ballots this fall.

More specifically, in Washington, D.C., all 435 U.S. House seats are on ballots while 33 – or one-third – of the U.S. Senate seats are up for grabs.

At the state level, the seats of 36 governors are on ballots with 20 incumbents seeking re-election. The gubernatorial elections put trifecta control on the line in 34 states. Trifecta control is when one party controls the governor’s seat and both statehouse chambers.

Four of every five state legislators’ positions throughout the country are also being voted on. There are no state legislative elections in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia. Ballots in these three states will focus on local and federal offices, as well as questions.