The most popular and well-known way to be involved in your local government is to vote. However, there are so many other ways of expressing your political opinions in a way that can impact legislature. Here are some steps to take if you are interested in playing an active role in your local government, outside voting season:
Contact To Your Representatives
Let the people you elected know what your views are. This is often an overlooked part of the legal process, but it is important to either write or call those in office in order to vocalize what you stand for. Remember: they are representing you and communication is a key part of representation. A good time to write your representative is when legislation is being introduced for vote.
Join or creation a coalition and organize a lobbying day. Get a group together and let your voices be heard. There are many ways you can do this, like creating an online group or organization, arranging a protest or to lobby in person, or even just being willing to have open dialogue with those you know that have views that are different from yours.
Organize a Social Event
Get together with a group of people and organize a social event that is dedicated both to raising awareness of an issue you are passionate about and bringing the community together. This doesn’t have to be a massive endeavor: it can most definitely be an event that is hosted at a local restaurant or someones house, wish food and drinks, where money is raised to go toward a specific cause.
Learn about your Community
Learn about your local hospitals, government offices, and just how the community functions in general. Learn about local schools and community programs and organizations. There is a good chance that your city or town has city hall forums, where those wishing to get politically involved can voice their opinions. A critical part in being able to have political conversations and functioning as a cohesive part of a community is simply growing to know and become passionate about that community.