Voting is the most common form of political participation in the United States, but there are different ways to participate in politics:
1. Be informed
Look for information in newspapers, magazines, and go beyond your usual channels or links shared by friends on social media. Think about the accuracy of what you’re reading and seeing.
3. Donate time or money
Citizens can participate in civil society, which is an important part of political participation, through activities like volunteering, attending events associated with causes (like a fundraising sporting event or a concert), or joining an interest group or civic organization. Even if you can only “sponsor” a friend’s walk for hunger or workers’ rights by sharing their donation page on Facebook, you are making a difference.
4. March or stand with signage
Connect with community groups for local marches. Contact your candidate’s office for opportunities to stand out with supportive signage, along with the rules on showing support on election day.
Citizens can participate in demonstrating on public sidewalks as long as demonstrators observe traffic laws and leave room for other pedestrian traffic. However, marches or parades that take place in the street and that would stop or slow traffic will likely require a permit. For more information on how to protest safely and to know your rights when taking part in peaceful civil disobedience, check out FREE SPEECH: Protests and Demonstrations’ from The American Civil Liberties Union.
5. Participate in Campaign.
Citizens also participate in politics by being directly involved in campaigns. You can do everything from posting a sign on your lawn to support your candidate to joining a phone bank to get out the vote to going door-to-door for your cause.
6. Talk about it.
Discuss political issues, and ballot questions with friends and family.
7. Help others to vote!
You can help to register voters or on the election date you can give a ride to someone and help people get to their polling place.
You can also help new voters, youth, new citizens and other first time voters help them with information about the voting process and encouragement to vote.
Boundless. “Other Forms of Political Participation.” Boundless Political Science. Boundless, 20 Sep. 2016. Retrieved 21 Oct. 2016 from https://www.boundless.com/political-science/textbooks/boundless-political-science-textbook/political-participation-and-voting-9/voting-as-political-participation-67/other-forms-of-political-participation-374-4271/