US CITIZENS take to the polls today to vote in the midterm elections. What happens if Republicans win the House or Senate in the midterms?
The US midterm elections occur every two years, in the middle of a President’s term.
There are two elements to votes today, the election of members of the House of Representatives and the election of members of the Senate.
The Republicans and Democrats are vying for a majority of both the House and Senate.
The House of Representatives is made up of 435 members, and all are up for election in today’s vote.
In addition, there are six members who represent Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.
These six representatives cannot vote in the full house but can sit and vote in congressional committees and introduce legislation.
Should the President’s party, the Republicans, win control of the House, passing legislation would remain relatively easy for President Donald Trump.
If opposing party the Democrats achieve a majority, Trump would find his power lessened as any new bills or amendments to current bills would first have to be approved by the House.
According to polling site FiveThirtyEight, the President’s party has a one in eight - 12 percent - chance of retaining control of the House.