It’s easy to become disillusioned and ‘check out’ of the political process. But Damon Young with Mahaney Roofing reminded today’s Sunrise Scrambler audience that we can’t afford to be disengaged if we expect to continue governing ourselves as a free people.
Young suggested working harder and digging deeper to understand the complex issues that our elected officials are dealing with at the local, state and federal level. He also provided eleven ideas for becoming an active part of the solution.
1) Mark the primary and general election dates on your calendar:
Tuesday, Aug. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 8. Check the Sedgwick County Election Office calendar for more important election dates and remember that July 12 is the last day to register to vote in the August primary.
2) Register to vote. Make sure everyone in your household over 18 does the same. It’s easy to register on-line.
3) Read background material presented by both sides and seek objective opinions. Dig deep for answers to your questions.
4) Sign up for the Chamber’s digital newsletter called The Advocate for information about how your elected officials are dealing with issues that directly affect you and your business. Contact Nicole Robinson at 268-1116 with Membership Development to subscribe.
5) Check the Chamber’s website for a scorecard that is posted annually documenting how legislators voted on business-related issues.
6) Participate in discussion forums and ask questions. KMUW hosts a community public forum every month called EngageICT to present information from subject matter experts and lead discussions about how “what happens at the polls affects you.”
7) Attend Chamber events where members can meet elected officials, hear directly from them and ask them questions.
8) Attend candidate forums and interact directly with those who plan to represent you.
9) Join one of six Chamber Government Relations Public Policy Sub-Committees.
10) Find the time to volunteer for a candidate or a cause that you believe in. Many voters are influenced by their peers. Your passion and expertise may help swing more votes and inspire others to vote.
11) Vote! And then encourage others to do the same. Many voters are influenced by their peers. VOTE EARLY with an Advance Ballot or at an Advance Polling Place if you’ll be out of town on election day.