Are You Politically Active?

Government, either local or national, can play a significant role in your life. Do you take part in that political process? Are you politically active?

In the United States, there is currently a hotly-contested presidential race, and in many countries all around the world there are several high-profile elections taking place.

Even beyond that, there are almost always local elections happening wherever you happen to be. These can influence issues from setting school policies to trash pickup schedules.

At what level are you involved in this process?

One way to be involved is simply to vote. Depending on your community, there are are possibly a couple of times a year you can show up to vote in local, state, or federal elections.

Beyond that, you can be informed when you vote. Knowing something about the candidates shows a certain level of civic engagement. Are there debates to watch and/or attend? Are there voting records available? Do you talk to other potential voters to get their opinions?

The more engaged person may even join a campaign or try to influence the outcome of a particular election. That might include making phone calls, knocking on doors, putting up lawn signs, or donating money. If you believe in a particular cause or candidate, that might be for you.

Or you could even run for office yourself, or otherwise work for the government. There are hundreds of thousands of people serving in various roles like serving on town committees or doing research or working at a school. There are many ways to be involved, regardless of experience or skill set.

Or, of course, you might not be engaged in any way at all. Each of these kinds of involvement takes some level of time or effort. It can be difficult, if you have a busy life, to find time in your schedule to participate.

How politically active are you?

Related questions: Do you have a plan to vote? What role should government play in our lives? What are our responsibilities to others?