How to Get Involved in Politics - dummies

How to Get Involved in Politics

By Ann DeLaney

Part of Politics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Politics is an area that you may feel like you don’t have a say, but your participation can make a big difference. You have control over the amount of time (and money) you want to contribute, but one thing is critical — you must vote! If you don’t vote, you have no right or leverage to complain about politics, politicians, or government. Check out the following things you can do to be politically active:

  • Register to vote.

  • Vote in every election.

  • Join a political party.

  • Vote in primaries.

  • Read and listen to the information about the candidates — cast an informed vote.

  • Ask questions of candidates and elected officials.

  • Don’t hesitate to tell officials when they’ve done something you don’t like.

  • Thank officials when they do something you do like.

  • Use your phone, the mail, your fax, your computer e-mail — let your representatives hear from you often.

  • Circulate petitions and join with others who think as you do.

  • Become a delegate to a national convention