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Democracy's Challenge: What Can I Do Now?

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Discuss the topic of Democracy’s Challenge with your neighbors online.

  1. Register to vote and talk to your friends and family about voting.

  2. Volunteer to serve the community at the next election.

  3. Contact your elected officials to let them know what issues matter to you.
    A complete listing of all local elected officials is available on the County’s Election site.

  4. Attend a local city council meeting.
    Cities in Johnson County list their city council meeting schedules and agendas online.

  5. Attend a Board of County Commissioner’s meeting.
    The county’s BOCC meets on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.

  6. Find local people online and bring together people to work on an issue that matters to you.

  7. Explore our democracy further.
    Check out Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville from your local library (320.473 Tocquevi). “From America's call for a free press to its embrace of the capitalist system, Democracy in America—first published in 1835—
    enlightens, entertains, and endures as a brilliant study of our national government and character.”

    Other books, audiobooks, and videos on voting, politics, and democracy can be found in the 300’s at any Johnson County Library location.

  8. Join a live, online discussion of Democracy in America.
    Join Whitney-Davison Turley, Johnson County Library’s Information and Readers’ Services Manager for a live, online discussion of de Toqueville’s classic on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 at 2 p.m. Learn how to participate in the online program at the library’s Web site.

  9. Involve your children.
    Check out Duck for President (Easy Fiction) by Doreen Cronin at your local library. “From the author of Click, Clack, Moo, here is a duck who began in a humble pond. Who worked his way to farmer, to governor, and now, perhaps, to the highest office in the land.”

    Other books, audiobooks, and videos for children on voting, politics, and democracy can be found in the J and E 300’s at any Johnson County Library location.

    Explore government, voting, and other topics at Ben’s Guide to the US Government for Kids.
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