A New Video From Democrats Breaks Down How The Blue Wave Could Hit State Legislatures

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (D) has a message for every voter: State-level elections matter.

"The stakes in this election couldn’t be higher," Booker tells Teen Vogue. "Almost 800 state legislative seats are up in November, and Democrats are in a strong position to flip hundreds of them — if we work hard enough to do it."

In a new video from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC), Booker talks about how 66 of 99 state legislative houses — that’s two for each state except Nebraska — are controlled by Republicans. That’s a lot of power for conservatives, and as Teen Vogue has reported, decisions made at the state level impact issues ranging from reproductive rights and immigration to gun safety and health care.

Many state legislatures also control voting laws and the drawing of congressional district lines, which can essentially determine the outcomes of federal races. This can give state legislatures the power to gerrymander.

With nearly 800 seats up for election this year, it's important to continue talking about state and local races, highlighting great candidates and activating young voters — because it’s not just the federal level that should have our attention. These elections count, too, and so far, 33 state legislature seats have flipped from red to blue.

The video featuring Booker highlights the single-seat flip that turned Washington state’s entire government blue, leading to the passage of many progressive policies.

“The DLCC’s work to elect Democrats and win more legislative majorities is crucial for our democracy,” Manka Dhingra, the Washington senator elected to that seat, says. “Flipping the state of Washington from red to blue with just my one vote enabled us to enact the Voting Rights Act, address gun violence, protect net neutrality, pass equal pay, and so much more.”

Democrats remain hopeful about their chances in 2018 elections even as an April Washington Post–ABC News poll showed that, in the race for the 2018 national midterms, they may be losing momentum with voters.

See the video on YouTube.

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