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Video:How Do Senate Elections Work?

with Kwanza Hall

Senate elections differ from House and Presidential elections because of different term limits and responsibilities. This About.com video will explain how Senate elections work.See Transcript

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Transcript:How Do Senate Elections Work?

Hi, I'm Kwanza Hall for About.com, and I'm here to tell you how U.S. Senate elections work.

When Senate Elections Occur

U.S. Senators are elected every six years, with the election being held on the first Tuesday in November. There are 100 members in the Senate and they are elected statewide. There are 2 senators for each state, with 33 seats of the 100 being contested in this year's upcoming election. U.S. Senators are elected to represent statewide interests, whereas House members are elected to represent more local interests.

Considerations When Voting for Senators

Important things to consider when preparing to vote or when making a decision about a candidate is to figure out, number one, what matters most to you and what issues or agenda items will affect you most in your pocketbook, your family, your children, your education, your job, your quality of life, the environment and a host of other areas of special interest. You decide who to vote for based on who represents your interests the best. 

How to Research Candidates

And the best way to determine that is to do a lot of research. To find more information about candidates who are running for U.S. Senate, as well as candidates for the House of Representatives, please visit your local election board, as well as the League of Women Voters website. They usually have a wealth of information about upcoming elections, as well as special rules relating to registering to vote, as well as candidates who are on your local ballot.   

I'm Kwanza Hall, Atlanta City Councilman for District 2, for About.com.

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