If it feels like politics are kind of everywhere lately, that’s because they are. It’s also because the midterm elections are coming up — and may just be the most important election cycle you’ve seen, well, since the last presidential election. In some ways, maybe more so.
So what exactly are the midterms? They’re the elections that happen in the middle of a presidential term (hence, the name) — and they determine a whole lot of stuff that directly affects you. So while you may think you’re “not a political person,” you’re still a person, which means the outcomes of the midterm votes will have some impact on your everyday life. Ahead, five reasons you should get your behind to the polls on November 6 if you’re 18 or older.