Public Participation in Politics
Public Participation in Politics

Ohioans take part in politics when they voice their opinions on schools or taxes, contribute money to a candidate or cause, join a group backing an issue, sign a petition, vote, or write their legislators. Members of the public may choose to participate in varying degrees and ways. Participation, in whatever form, helps strengthen the system of self-government.

Voting is the initial and easiest form of participation for most citizens. Qualifications and procedures for voting are outlined in the preceding chapter. Further opportunities for political involvement include lobbying and testifying before the legislature; writing to public officials; participating in initiative and referendum petition drives; campaigning for issues or candidates; running for office; serving on government boards, commissions and committees; monitoring governmental meetings; and litigation. Many federal programs require public participation in planning how funds are to be spent.
Public Participation in Politics
Public Participation in Politics
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Decoding media bias
To examine where people in the U.S. get their news, how news selection amplifies one’s political views, and how media organizations decide to cover stories.
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