Political participation

Election badges for US political parties
Election badges for US political parties

US citizens can take an active part in helping to improve their community and the American system of government.

There are several ways in which citizens can help govern their community: -

  • nominating candidates to run for public office
  • voting for candidates who are nominated
  • standing for public office at local, state or national level
  • directing or organising community affairs
  • joining and supporting a political party for example the Republicans or Democrats
  • joining an interest group, for example the National Rifle Association (NRA)
  • taking part in a protest or demonstration, for example anti-Trump protests were held in some parts of the USA following the inauguration of the new President in January 2017