What are Midterm Elections, and Why are They Important?

U.S. presidential elections are big news worldwide every four years. But what happens in the midterm elections — so called because they come nearly two years into a president’s term — can have just as big an impact on the direction of the country.

On November 6, U.S. voters will choose all the members of the House of Representatives and one-third of the Senators, along with many state governors and other officials.