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Topics/Ideas: Civic Engagement in the Role of Government (State, Local, and Federal) Civic Engagement in the Role of Government (State, Local, and Federal)

The Importance of Voter Turnout in Civic Engagement[edit]

The goal for state government in elections is to promote civic engagement. Director Regina Lawrence of Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life states “Politics and all other forms of engagement are really about trying to make your community, your state, and your nation a better place to live.” [1]

The state can help promote civic engagement by ensuring fair voter and redistricting processes; by building partnerships among government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private citizens; and by maintaining networks of information about volunteer and charitable opportunities. [2]

One of the main factors that determine civic engagement among the people is voter turnout. Voter turnout gauges citizens’ level of political involvement, an important component of civic engagement—and a prerequisite for maintaining public accountability. [3]

Results of High Voter Turnout

• The state can help promote civic engagement by ensuring fair voter and redistricting processes; by building partnerships among government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private citizens; and by maintaining networks of information about volunteer and charitable opportunities.[4]

• There is easy access to information about government activities, decision-making, solicit and use public input, and encourage public employees to donate and serve.

Example of Low Voter Turnout

Low participation with politics in the state and local government can result in less community involvement. Civic engagement may not be a concern to the people due to lack of funding and leadership directed towards that issue of community involvement.

Overall Importance of Voter Turnout

Voter Turnout ensures civic engagement among the state with incentives that promises volunteer organizations, charity, and political involvement with everyone in the community who will have a voice to be heard.

Josh13tx (talk) 13:55, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/indicators/govtcitizens/civicEngagement.php

http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2013/06/texas-ranks-low-for-civic-participation-infographic/

  1. ^ Andrew Roush, . N.p.. Web. 3 Dec 2013. <http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2013/06/texas-ranks-low-for-civic-participation-infographic/>.
  2. ^ "Civic Engagement." http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/indicators/govtcitizens/civicEngagement.php. N.p.. Web. 3 Dec 2013. <http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/indicators/govtcitizens/civicEngagement.php>.
  3. ^ "Civic Engagement." http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/indicators/govtcitizens/civicEngagement.php. N.p.. Web. 3 Dec 2013. <http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/indicators/govtcitizens/civicEngagement.php>.
  4. ^ "Civic Engagement." http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/indicators/govtcitizens/civicEngagement.php. N.p.. Web. 3 Dec 2013.