Avoiding ballot shock

In guiding political coverage in a few newsrooms, I always encouraged the production of a news story about what’s on the ballot each primary and general election.
People usually go into the voting booth knowing for whom they’ll vote at the top of the ticket–president this year, senator in non-presidential cycles. But the further they scan down the ballot, the less they know about the offices and the people who want to occupy them.
This story concerns one of those down ballot races: U.S. Representative. Every two years, all 435 members of the U.S. House are up for re-election.
They have more power than you may realize, as you’ll see in my story published in RTDNA’s Communicator online.



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