Election 2018

We Care. We Fight. We Show Up. We Vote.

The 2018 elections have taken on an urgency we haven’t experienced in recent memory. This is truly a “which side are you on?” moment.

We have a president who ran as a populist but is governing as an elitist. Unions and working people are under attack. Instead of bringing the country together, the Trump administration and its allies have spent more than a year undermining our democratic norms and pushing an agenda for the rich—from ripping healthcare away from millions to his new tax law that gives 83 percent of the benefits to the top 1 percent of earners.

But unions are built for these times; they were born out of tough times. Across the country, we have members who are showing up and joining the fight to protect public education and vital public services; to demand safe, gun-free schools; to make higher education affordable; to ensure affordable healthcare for those with pre-existing conditions; and to make our country welcoming to all nationalities. In fact, nearly 300 members have decided to run for office this year.

We have chosen to be educators, nurses and health professionals, and public service employees because we care for others—for our students, our patients and the public we serve.

Election protection

Things to know before you vote:

Voting rights and the disability community

  • Nov 1: #CripTheVote and #DoNetwork are hosting a Twitter chat on accessibility and voting rights for people with disabilities in California. More information available here.
  • Read recap of the most recent #CripTheVote Twitter chat on GOTV and voter mobilization in the disability community.
  • Several resources on the disability vote can be found at here.
  • Updated voting rights guide from Bazelon and National Disability Rights Networks for people with mental disabilities.

Member candidates

Are you one of 300 AFT member candidates running for office? As a union member, we have your back. AFT is partnering with Emily’s List and the National Democratic Training Committee to provide more members the training and skills they need to run for office.

If you’re an AFT member running for office and want to connect with us, please fill out this form.

Find out more about our candidates.

'Elections Matter' map

Visit our interactive map and explore work life, school funding, legislative and election issues in your state. 


Elections matter map


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