Why should you care who wins public office?

Most American over the age of 18 have the ability to vote, but that hasn't always been the case. Throughout the history of the United States both women and minorities have fought for, and won, the right to vote. By voting, you are using your voice to show how you think your city, state, and federal government should be run. 

The people who are in power in our government, at every level, have the ability to affect your quality of life. Here are some examples of the responsibilities that fall to different levels of government in the U.S.A.:

  • City Government:
    • City Facilities such as Parks and Libraries
    • Police Department
    • Trash Collection, Sewer, and Water
  • County Government 
    • County airports
    • Roads
    • Sheriff
    • Animal Control
    • County Jail
  • State Government
    • Governor's Office
    • State legislation 
    • DMV
    • State Licensing 
  • Federal Government
    • National Legislation (for all 50 states)
    • National Defense
    • Federal organizations like the FDA, EPA, etc.

Your vote can impact how these responsibilities are run and the impact they might have on your life!

Candidate Information

It can be hard to know who the candidates are and where they stand on issues that matter to you. These resources will help you learn more about the candidates in elected offices.

Remember that information about candidates can be inflammatory and campaigns often try to spread negative information about their competition. 

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Political Parties

Not sure what political issues you are interested in or where you fall on the issues? These resources can help you find out more about political parties and what they stand for.

There are many political parties in the U.S. but the main four that you'll usually see on the ballot are:

  • Republican
  • Democrat
  • Libertarian
  • Green