Democracy is not a spectator sport. It takes involvement with the political process and government by all citizens to ensure the best results. Voting in each election is the most meaningful process to impact policies.
With the 2018 mid-term elections about a year away, it is a good time to check one’s voter registration status. Anyone can verify this at https://indianavoters.in.gov/ or visit the office of the county clerk. This can be especially important if an individual has moved since the 2016 election or if he or she has not voted in the past few elections as Indiana has removed nearly 500,000 voters statewide in an effort to clean up the voter lists.
No matter one’s political leanings, a high turnout in every election can help ensure that the majority of citizens are electing officials that represent their best interests.
Another step for becoming more involved would be to attend the meetings of the local political parties. Most county parties from either side of the aisle are open to new people attending and learning more about the political process. Having community members speak up about the issues that are meaningful to them is the best way for candidates and elected officials to enact policies that are the best for their areas.
The 2018 election will have impacts at the local, state, and national level. I encourage all citizens to check their registration status, get involved with the county parties, and, most importantly, vote.