(LibertySociety.com) – When Americans turn 18, we are all given the awesome responsibility and duty of voting. There’s no doubt, casting your ballot in every election that you’re able to is incredibly important. But, that’s not the only way to engage in our democracy.
In fact, it’s important to become involved in other ways because it will force representatives to listen. It may seem as though politicians ignore public opinion, but they actually pay close attention to it because it impacts whether or not they’re reelected.
So what else can you do to get involved? We’re glad you asked!
7 Ways to Become Active Participants in Democracy
Getting involved in the US democracy may seem impossible sometimes, but it’s pretty easy. Check out some simple steps you can take.
- Go to town hall meetings hosted by your representatives: Don’t ever give up an opportunity to speak to the people who have been elected to represent you. The best way to make them hear you is by showing up and speaking out. This isn’t just a place you can air your grievances, either. You can also use it as an opportunity to ask questions or give suggestions.
- Volunteer for campaigns: If you like a candidate, volunteer to work for their campaign in your free time. You don’t necessarily have to canvass or make phone calls, there are plenty of ways you might be able to help.
- Apply to work the polls on election days: States are almost always looking for volunteer poll workers during elections and it’s one of the easiest ways to get involved.
- Encourage people to register to vote: You don’t have to work for a political organization to explain to people how they can register to vote.
- Volunteer to drive people to the polls: There are always people who need rides to the polls on election day. You can offer rides to those, just make sure you aren’t picking and choosing who you take based on their political ideologies.
- Peacefully assemble: If you feel strongly about an issue and an event is being held that aims to shine a light on it, you should exercise your First Amendment right to peacefully assemble.
- Call, visit, and email your lawmakers: Going to town halls isn’t the only way you can make lawmakers listen to you. If there’s an important vote coming up, you can call, email, or visit your representatives to let them know how you feel.
The most powerful tools you have are your voice and your vote. Don’t forget that. And make sure your friends and family know that as well.
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