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.
WHAT MAKES SPECIAL ELECTIONS SO SPECIAL?
Special elections are anyone’s game
Special elections fly under the radar
Special elections can lead to good policy
Most voters don’t show up for these elections, so the normal rules don’t apply. The party that’s paying the most attention has the best chance of winning.
By getting out the vote for these races, we can make quiet progress nationwide. Since November 2016, Dems have won more than 40 special elections!
We helped Manka Dhingra win a special election in 2017—and now Washington State can pass good laws, like automatic voter registration & mandated birth control coverage.
IS THERE AN UPCOMING SPECIAL ELECTION IN YOUR STATE?