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Being engaged after an election

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

Will Sheffield

Campus Election Engagement Project Fellow



Last November we had record breaking turnout in a historical election, but how do we stay engaged and involved with our democratic processes after the election? Earlier this month, the candidates that were elected were sworn into office and the new terms have begun. Do we not stay engaged and just wait for the next election?

Of course not! There are many ways for people to be civically engaged without voting. One option is that some council and commission meetings are viewable virtually for community members. All someone has to do is visit their local government’s website to see if they have videos of the meetings or check when the civic body of your choice is streaming again.

An easy way someone can be civically engaged is keeping up with current events. It is important to follow news with reliable sources and to be able to check and see if what you are reading/watching/hearing is factual. Central Votes plans to release a blog dedicated to media literacy later in the year.

Another great way to be more civically engaged is to get involved within your government. This could be getting a job within the public sector or writing to your local legislator. If you want to find out who your representatives are visit: house.mi.gov/ or senate.michigan.gov/. For those who do not live in Michigan, you can search for your state's bicameral legislative bodies. If you want to contact a local politician, their information should be on your local government’s webpage.

People can also get involved by joining a local organization based on a cause that they are really passionate about or a certain group or party that they align with. Obviously, the example that I am providing of an organization where you can be civically engaged is Central Votes which promotes voter engagement in particular but there are groups that focus on issues such as education, equality, ballot initiatives, policy reform, and many others.

As we enter 2021, I hope you continue the civic engagement that you practiced in November. There are many ways to be involved in your community and share your voice. If you still have any concerns or questions on how you can get involved or how you can contact your representatives or a community organization, feel free to contact Central Votes.



Will Sheffield

Campus Election Engagement Project Fellow

1/31/2021




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