Your Right to Know: Politics, Voting and How it Affects You

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As many of you know, states across the country have gone into the legislative session. For those who don’t know what that is, it’s the period when lawmakers come together. It’s a time when they create laws that affect its constituents, you the voter.

During this time, our elected officials decide which laws will come into effect or vetoed (denied). There’s a process that goes along with this. You can see the video below from School House Rock that explains how a bill becomes a law.

This is also the time for you to research those candidates in your district, county, state, school board, etc., to see which one you feel will be the best individual for the job.

Your vote is important. You can use your voice to put the right person in office and hold your elected officials accountable for the initiatives that got them elected.

Many feel defeated because the candidate they may have chosen was not elected, but you still have the power to show up and challenge the current officials in office. Across states, you can attend meetings and ask elected officials questions about policies or initiatives that are important to you. Write your legislatures or sign petitions. Whether you believe it or not, those “small” acts make a huge impact, especially when it comes time to the election season.

In the state of Arizona, they have a program called Request to Speak. Request to Speak (RTS) is designed to allow the public to register an opinion on bills listed on agendas and to request to speak on a bill in a committee. This allows the voter to be involved and remind elected officials why they were placed in office.

2020 is the election season. Know the laws that affect you and your community and take advantage of your right to vote. If you are not registered to vote, please register. If you do not know where to go, you can start here https://vote.gov/.