Joining a political party is a necessary evil if one desires to be involved with politics inside the United States. Many will admit they are not big fans of parties, however they exist and are the only practical way to elect officials on the local, state, and federal level. Here are some steps that can get you officially involved, affiliated, and registered with a political party.
1. Select your party affiliation
The two major politicalpartieswithin the United States are the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Many liberals are drawn to the Democratic, while conservatives typically are drawn to the Republican party. These are not concrete distinctions, but remember if you want to be in the correct party, consider their current platforms and stances on critical issues. To determine your party affiliation you should research bothpartiesplatforms at theUCSB.edu political platform site. Also, take theWorld’s Smallest Politcal Quizand thePolitical Philosophy Quiz, which will give you an accurate description of your ideology.
2.Register to vote
When you obtain your Driver’s License for the first time (or any time, as they have specific forms for this) you will be asked if you wish to be a voter. Check “Yes” and you will be mailed your Voter Registration Certificate. Be warned, you are now eligable for jury duty. Contact your local county voting office if you don’t receive it. Many states will ask you to state your party affiliation there, so make sure you check off your choice.
3. Subscribe to the mailing list
Go to your particular political party’s website (the Republicans are www.gop.com and the Democrats are www.democrats.org) and subscribe to their mailing list. You will be kept up to date with your local branch and events being organized.
4. Vote when the time comes!
This is what you have been waiting for. Make sure you are early on election days to vote. You don’t have to vote for your particular candidate, but when you exit make sure to take an exit poll and state your party affiliation and vote. Remember, the foundation of a democracy is its voting citizens, take action!