One of the most popular subjects that are discussed amongst family members and friends is that of politics. The main reason for this is that legislation, policies, and political leaders shape the way our country operates, which in turn can have an effect on culture and society.
Many people seem to have a lot to complain about when the subject of politics comes up, but what most people don’t realize is that they can be involved and support the ballot measures that they feel align with their values and aspirations.
Here are a few tips on how you can get involved to better your community and make real change when it comes to the large political landscape that exists in our country.
If you don’t have a lot of time or desire to be actively involved in politics, the least you can do is vote. Voting is the right of every citizen in our country and is sadly undervalued. Voting allows citizens to put forth candidates who they feel represent them, their ideas, and their goals of what they want their communities, and ultimately their country to accomplish. If you haven’t voted before, contact your local city or county government to find out how to register.
If there is a ballot measure or candidate that you want to support, while a vote is definitely a great thing, donations to help push the campaign message is also very important so that other people will vote as well. It can take a lot of money to advertise and get the message out to those who otherwise would not hear it.
Many businesses and influential people have donated to campaigns or legislation ballot measures. For example, Kent J Thiry of Colorado Thrives donated $2.4 million to Amendment B on the 2020 ballot. These donations are transparent and allow those with financial means to help boost the sharing of a message or directive effectively.
Those who are running for office need a lot of help. This means that volunteers are essential in order to get campaigns off the ground and running in any community. Volunteers can help with making phone calls, handing out flyers, sending mailers, and more! Volunteering can be done at the local level with the city council, mayoral, and other offices within your own city. Getting involved is one of the best ways to get involved with politics and can give you a greater appreciation for the process.
As you can see, there are many ways that you can help to improve your community. Whether that be by voting, donating, or volunteering, you can make a difference when it comes to choosing those who represent the citizens of this county. Legislation is also an extremely important thing to be involved with as it can dictate how certain industries can operate and have far-reaching economic effects. Being aware of policy changes and bringing attention to policies that need change can help people to feel much more involved and give them the motivation to continue their efforts.