What to Consider When Choosing a Political Party

(TargetDailyNews.com) – There are plenty of problems to solve in the world, and one of the ways they get solved is also one of the things most of us dread: politics. But politics is how humans decide how to share real-world resources; it’s part of who we are as a species. And, it doesn’t have to be all about the nasty, partisan fighting and cheap shots lobbed across the aisle.

Starting small, and local, is a good first step. Consider joining your school’s PTA, or your local zoning board, or maybe the advisory board at your library. You’ll be doing two things at once: Helping to solve real problems locally for people you live with, and learning how to negotiate the power-sharing process that is politics.

Ready for something a little more focused? You can join a political party whose platform lines up with your values. What do you want to see more of in the world, and what would you like to see less of? You may find a political party that lines up with the way you see the world.

Then what?

Register as a member

Adding your name to the membership rolls of a political party will connect you to the party’s news and activities. It will also give you an opportunity to get involved in education and outreach events that push the platform you think will make the world a little better.

Sure, you might choose the Democratic or Republican parties, but you can find other groups such as the Green Party or other “non-traditional” political alliances. Your state may also have alternative political parties you are not used to hearing about on national news, so be sure to ask around locally.

Volunteer

There’s all kinds of work that needs to be done. Parties need volunteers to staff phone banks, to man informational tables at public events, to stuff envelopes, sort constituent emails, and more. Even the smallest volunteer activity will have you striking up conversations with others who share your commitments and goals.

Help Voters

Feeling non-partisan? You can volunteer to help staff polling locations in your town without regard to whether you belong to, or support, any particular party. Volunteers give out ballots to voters, answer questions on how to fill them out, and more. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission can get you started.

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