Understanding Civic Participation

Civic Participation includes both political and non-political activities through one’s community. As an individual, you have a right to participate in your democracy. In short, civic participation means getting involved in an activity in any level of government.

Some common civic participation examples are:

  • Voting
  • Voter Registration Drives
  • Voter and Candidate Education
  • Contacting Elected Officials
  • Volunteerism
  • Working at Your Polling Station
  • Attending a Town Hall
  • Paying Your Taxes
  • Signing a Petition
  • Running for Office

There is a difference between what an individual citizen can do as a participant and what a non-profit organization can do. Here is a helpful guide for those who may belong to non-profits that want to research any restrictions of participation of your organization.

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