How politically active are you?

spiced spiced
I overheard some people talking about different ways to participate in the political process while we were out to dinner earlier. Now I'm wondering how politically active Edenites are. How about you?

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I vote sometimes
11
I vote in every election
35
I sign petitions, send automated e-mails or other "slactivism"
22
I call my elected officials to register my opinion
4
I write (snail mail) to my elected officials
2
I write letters to the editor of my local newspaper
2
I attend political rallies or protests in person
12
I attend local government meetings (city council, county commission,etc)
5
I have been part of a political campaign team
8
I have run for political office
1
I've been politically active in other ways (share, please, in a comment)
8
I have done none of these things
11
Total votes: 121 (61 voters)
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01/29/2013
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Eugler Eugler
To be honest:
I would like to be more politically active. When I started my studies I went out every weekend to a political action.

Unfortunately during time this ceased to almost zero.
01/29/2013
Cowgirl-Cutie Cowgirl-Cutie
I hate politics but sadly they are necessary. I just hate how some friends will rip each other to pieces over something silly.
01/29/2013
TameTemptress TameTemptress
I'm not political at all...
01/29/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
I'm one of those sorry people that cares about the big picture -- national elections (like the president) and law changing questions about issues I care about.

Regular local elections? I can't tell you the name of anyone in office locally where I live, let alone anything about them.
01/29/2013
kendra30752 kendra30752
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
I overheard some people talking about different ways to participate in the political process while we were out to dinner earlier. Now I'm wondering how politically active Edenites are. How about you?

Private poll. Check all that apply to you.
Highly active. I do almost all of those things.

Always vote, I call elected officials to register my opinion (frequently), I've written emails & snail mails, am involved in activism & "slactivism," etc.

I have not ran myself or been to a community meeting here, been directly on a political campaign team or written to my local paper. Those are the only things I've not done.
01/29/2013
laflauta laflauta
I'm from a very political family, so I got involved at a very early age. I'm getting less involved now that I'm at a pretty conservative college. I hope to get back into politics once I graduate.
01/29/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
I vote, write to elected official, phone bank for political groups, and attend political events.
01/29/2013
RavenInChains RavenInChains
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
I overheard some people talking about different ways to participate in the political process while we were out to dinner earlier. Now I'm wondering how politically active Edenites are. How about you?

Private poll. Check all that apply to you.
I always vote. But I also involve myself in a fair amount of work for women's rights and victim advocacy on the political level.
01/29/2013
Avant-garde Avant-garde
I vote and that's about it.
01/29/2013
noway noway
Never miss a vote
01/29/2013
BlooJay BlooJay
I am not very political
01/29/2013
sillylilkitten sillylilkitten
I voted as soon as I was old enough, and I usually spend a lot of time reading up on the issues and sharing things I find with other people and discussing them. But I'm not very active in the sense of joining campaigns or calling representatives or anything, because I hardly ever 100% agree with what any politician is doing.
01/29/2013
inkky inkky
I've Been To A Protest
01/29/2013
Inkkythesquid Inkkythesquid
I'm somewhat active online
01/29/2013
spiced spiced
Quote:
Originally posted by Gone (LD29)
I'm one of those sorry people that cares about the big picture -- national elections (like the president) and law changing questions about issues I care about.

Regular local elections? I can't tell you the name of anyone in office ... More
I think that's true for a lot of us. I do know the names, and their party affiliations, but I don't know much else about them. Now I feel inspired to change that!
01/29/2013
spiced spiced
Quote:
Originally posted by kendra30752
Highly active. I do almost all of those things.

Always vote, I call elected officials to register my opinion (frequently), I've written emails & snail mails, am involved in activism & "slactivism," etc.

I have not ... More
That's outstanding! I haven't missed any elections since I turned 18, despite moving around a fair amount. I also do a bunch of slactivism and other feedback to my state and national officials. I've made some phone calls for a couple of politicians and one organization. I've been to a couple of county commission meetings, which was eye-opening.

I think it's great that you do all those things. I won't be at all surprised if, in 20 years of so, I read, "Today, President Kendra _______ unveiled a bold initiative to..."
01/29/2013
spiced spiced
Quote:
Originally posted by sillylilkitten
I voted as soon as I was old enough, and I usually spend a lot of time reading up on the issues and sharing things I find with other people and discussing them. But I'm not very active in the sense of joining campaigns or calling representatives ... More
I can't recall every agreeing 100% with any politician (one of our current Senators comes close). I email and call (and occasionally write) my elected officials, even if I know they don't agree with me. In fact, I'm more likely to give them my opinion if I know they disagree. If there's overwhelming support or opposition for something, sometimes they'll change their position on an issue. I've seen it happen many times.

I think it's GREAT that so many Edenites are at least somewhat politically engaged. I'm GenX, and when I was 19, almost nobody I knew even bothered to vote. Some of my friends actually made fun of me because I went to anti-apartheid protests!
01/29/2013
chicmichiw chicmichiw
I should be more active. It's unfortunate that saying 'I'm educated about most of the issues' is considered fairly active.
01/30/2013
novanilla novanilla
I am really politically active and organize events on my campus as well as other forms of activism.
01/30/2013
Marie Hanna Marie Hanna
I didn't even vote this year.
01/30/2013
Bleu Bleu
I have class and stuff. I don't have time to keep up with all that. Sure, voting these days is easy and convenient and all you have to do is mail stuff but I barely have time to brush my teeth when school starts, let alone try and find stamps or read up on stuff to make a decision that matched my political views.
02/01/2013
spiced spiced
I feel ya. That was me in college. Classes, library, sports, work, friends, partying...got to be too much.

I did vote, thanks mainly to friends who were involved and made it effortless. They took me to register locally (they were going anyway so I tagged along) and then took me to vote.

Voting always made me feel good, which is (I guess) why I've kept doing it every election since. But like anything else, it's hard to schedule.
02/01/2013
Rory Rory
Haven't missed a vote since I was 18
02/01/2013
dks210 dks210
I'm not very involved in politics, but I'm trying to change that.
02/25/2013
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by spiced
I overheard some people talking about different ways to participate in the political process while we were out to dinner earlier. Now I'm wondering how politically active Edenites are. How about you?

Private poll. Check all that apply to you.
I am not an American.
02/25/2013
Cindi025 Cindi025
not at all
02/25/2013
Violette Lacuna Violette Lacuna
I am super political, especially with issues that affect my friends/family and I.
03/06/2013
SecretKinksters SecretKinksters
I vote every election.
03/06/2013
socceras socceras
I always vote. It's important
03/06/2013
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