A Lehigh Student’s Guide to the Midterm Elections

The midterm elections will take place on Tuesday, November 8. In Pennsylvania, voters will elect a senator, 17 seats in the House of Representatives, and various state-specific and local offices.

The candidates to replace Sen. Pat Toomey (R), who is not seeking re-election, are John Fetterman (D) and Mehmet Oz (R).

Fetterman is currently Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. His platform covers criminal justice reform, marijuana legalization, manufacturing in America, immigration reform, and LGBTQIA+ rights.

ouncesThe platform includes energy independence, second amendment rights, health care, immigration and abortion advocacy.

According FiveThirtyEightusing a model that simulates the election 40,000 times, they generated a sample of 100 possible outcomes that favored Fetterman to win 80 out of 100 outcomes.

In the 7th congressional district, which includes Northampton and Lehigh counties, as well as parts of Monroe County, Rep. Susan Wild (D) is running for re-election against Lisa Scheller (R).

A campaign sign promoting Doug Mastrian in the yard of a Bethlehem resident. Campaign signs around the city reflect divisive opinions ahead of midterm elections in November. (Siqi He/BW staff)

Savage focused on health care, bipartisanship, mental health advocacy, job creation and public safety.

Scheller focuses on healthcare, securing borders, education and job creation.

According FiveThirtyEight, Scheller is slightly favored to win in the 7th arrondissement. Using the same model that generates 100 results, Scheller should earn 55 out of 100 results.

According to the Northampton County Department of Elections, as of September 8, there were 11,071 registered voters between the ages of 18 and 22.

In 2018, 34% of Lehigh University students were enrolled in vote.

In a social media survey conducted by brown and white of 38 Lehigh students, 89.5% were registered to vote and 55.9% were registered in Pennsylvania. Of the 55.9% registered in Pennsylvania, 78.9% were not from Pennsylvania.

67.6% said they planned to vote in the midterm elections and 16.2% said they would vote eventually.

Cece Garvey, 25, is from Massachusetts. She said she registered as an independent to vote in her home state when she got her driver’s license and would vote midterm using a mail-in ballot.

For future elections, Garvey said she may transfer her registration to Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania is a swing state, and I feel like my vote might have more impact that way,” Garvey said.

Missy Connolly, 23, is from New Jersey and is registered to vote there as an independent. She said she plans to transfer her registration to Pennsylvania for the midterm elections.

“I only have a year left at Lehigh, but my roommate is vice president of the Lehigh College Democrats and has been walking around campus urging people to register to vote,” Connolly said. “She convinced me to change my registration.”

Sam Denison, 24, is from New York but is registered to vote in Pennsylvania. He is also an intern for Rep. Susan Wild and president of the Lehigh College Democrats.

Denison said he wants the university to do more to encourage students to vote.

A “Let’s Go Brandon” sign in the yard of a Bethlehem resident. The phrase has become popular in right-wing circles as a subtle way to insult President Joe Biden. (Siqi He/BW staff)

“The only thing the school does is the political science department, and the political science department sends out three emails,” Denison said. “The registration deadline is approaching, the postal voting deadline is approaching and (just like) election day. That’s all the school does, whether it’s a presidential (election) year, midterm, or even just for municipal elections.

Both Connolly and Garvey agreed that the university did little to promote the vote and that most efforts were student-led.

“I think giving us the day off on Election Day is a step in the right direction,” Connolly said.

The first time Lehigh observed Civic Engagement Day was in 2021.

Denison said he had recently seen an increase in voter registration and was hopeful for the future.