NWM

It is common for us to think if we do not vote or participate in an election or understand the government, then it is not our fault when pieces of legislation are passed that we do not agree with, but this thought process is inherently wrong.

In the most recent presidential election, over half of the country did not vote. The leader of the free world was chosen by less than 50 percent of Americans that were of legal age to vote. It just blows my mind that we have so many people in this country who do not care about what our leaders are deciding.

I was raised to question everything and never leave any stone unturned, and that mantra is still true to me today. Whenever there is an election coming up, I do my research and learn about the issues being considered on the ballot.

One out of 10 people think Judy Sheindlin is a judge on the Supreme Court. People think that Judge Judy, a television judge, sits on the highest court in the United States. When I learned this, I found it hilarious, but disappointing at the same time.

I want you to ask yourself a question: do you know who your local representative to the state legislature is? What about your city council members or local officials? If you were able to answer any of these questions without using the internet, you are on your way to understanding civics. If you did look it up online, that is okay, but you need to remember that information for the next election.

The most important thing I can stress is to get involved and learn more about your government and elected representatives. When we do not get involved, it does not give us a chance to share our opinions on legislation, bond issues and official elections.

So as we head into a primary election season, I give you this challenge: get engaged in civics. We are the generation that will be taking over soon by running this country, and we need to know what we are doing before it is our time in office.

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