Veterans Will Be Critical in 2018 Midterm Elections
When you think of big election turnouts, who do you think makes up the vast majority? Millennials? Baby Boomers? The actual answer is veterans. Veterans vote. What do you think motivates veterans to vote?
One word: healthcare.
According to a survey conducted by Veterans Action Network in June 2017, veterans are most concerned with America’s healthcare system. Specifically, mental health care and its lack of benefits. The survey showed 81.94% reported healthcare/mental health as the most important issue.
According to the United States Census Bureau, 70% of veterans voted in 2016. Based on this statistic, it is rather clear that veterans are among the most active voters in America. The University of Berkeley in California has statistics that show that veterans also lean more to the right at the polls.
Veterans Impact on 2018 Midterms
Veterans will likely turnout in high percentages again as the same issues, healthcare and mental health, continue to be fresh on everyone’s minds. Change has been made under the Trump administration; however, not enough has been done – especially with the opioid crisis continuing to rise.
Places like Walton County, Florida, where 10% of the population is made up of veterans, is expected to have one of the highest voter turnouts as it is conservative and had Trump winning by one of the largest margins in 2016. Even though Walton County has a heavily populated conservative crowd, Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida will be considered close again.
If veterans stick to recent conservative voting trends and turnout is as high as expected, veterans will be a deciding factor in the 2018 midterms. No matter the party or political ideology, candidates will need to convince voters that they will be serious about fixing these issues at the VA.
It is important to have your voice heard, so get out there and vote! Whether you are a veteran or not, we hope that you will vote to support our veterans in the upcoming election.