Tuesday was Election Day. Today - and until November 8, 2011 - it's not. Does that mean we stop caring about the candidates and issues for a whole year?
Of course not! Being a smart, active citizen means you stay on top of the issues and keep track of the candidates who have been elected into office. Here are some things you can do:
Over the next few days, look for election results.
- Analyze the results.
- Compare how different media sources report the same news.
- Compare turnout in different places across the county, state and country.
- Were there any surprises? Have any major changes happened because of the election?
- Does voter turnout in the US the same as it is in other countries? Why or why not?
Keep track of the winning candidates. Most will be sworn into office in December and January.
- Do they make good decisions?
- Do they keep their campaign promises?
- Are they exhibiting leadership qualities? Like what?
- Are they operating as politicians? How?
Read what candidates promised at CharMeckVotes, candidate websites and Kids Voting's student interviews (view on Facebook or Slideshare)
- Follow the issues you care about.
- Watch or attend government meetings.
- Email or call officials - let them know what's on your mind!
- If you are a teen, sign up for Kids Voting's programs YouthCivics and Mecklenburg Youth Voice.