What is at stake, where to vote, voting hours and rules


This simple checklist will help you make sure your vote counts.

WASHINGTON – The election week is finally here!

Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Independent or somewhere in between, we have covered you all week.

Below is a list of items you need to know, if you take part in polls, wonder why this year's interim affair or search results on Tuesday night and beyond.

What's at stake

Before anything, it's important to know why your vote is important.

This year's interim elections will not only decide who will take control of the House or the Senate. In the medium term, they are widely regarded as a referendum by President Donald Trump, whose two years as chairman have been infested with controversy and scandal.

Members of the House of Representatives are elected for a two-year term, which means that all 435 seats will be decided. The Senate is a different story where legislators are elected for a six-year term. about a third stop for re-election every two years.

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Energy Democrats hope to gain at least some control in Congress, and many believe they have a good chance of taking over this House. Polls show that it is likely that the Republicans will retain their majority in the Senate.

If the Democrats assume control of the House or the Senate, the liberals will have subpoenas and investigative powers. The Democrats will head the committees throughout the Congress and will have the power to examine many of the controversial issues that have been destroyed since President Donald Trump took office, including the president's tax statements.

Identity, voter registration, and other texts

Before you go to the polls, there are a few things you need to explore in advance.

You should also make sure that you do your job to the candidates and the issues concerning the vote. BallotReady has national sampling matches so you can see what it looks like and explore the topics and candidates.

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Here we will post all our elections and watch matches across the country. USA TODAY also has an in-depth view of contenders for congressional matches and governments across the country.

Another key thing you need to know is what kind of recognition you have to make a vote on. Thirty-four states have laws requiring a person to show some form of recognition before the vote. Seven of them, Tennessee, Kansas, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia and Indiana, require identity with photography.

If you are not sure if your condition requires some kind of recognition, you can check here.

Before you start voting, it's also a good idea to verify your voters' registration. Many states clean voter voters to clean up inactive voters or those who have been moved by the state.

To make sure you are still registered, you can go to Vote.org.

Also, be careful when you think about taking a selfie from you and voting. It is illegal to take a photo in an electoral stand in several states, including New York and Illinois.

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The Associated Press examined the laws in all 50 states during the 2016 election cycle and found that the practice was illegal in more than 15 states.

Where to vote and when polls close

Where and when you vote your vote depends on where you live.

Most polling stations are open anywhere from 6am to 8am and near 6 to 9 pm Local time. These timetables vary by state, but may also vary by county or city.

The elections are carried out differently in each state, but each state has its own website where you have to find your position, as well as when it opens and closes.

An easy way to check is to go to Vote.org. Simply link your address and the site will show you the location of your voting space and the hours it is open. The site also includes the voting website of each state.

Google also offers a service to help locate the polling place.

Where to find results

The results can come quickly or take hours, days or weeks. Each polling station sends its results to a county manager. From there, the results go to the state service responsible for verifying the results, in many states, the Foreign Minister.

If you do not want to find your state service and look for results there, local news organizations will watch matches in your communities.

You can check USATODAY.com/elections for election results. We have a group of journalists watching matches nationwide and helping you understand the results.

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