The Daily Cardinal’s editorial board recently explored the importance of engaging citizens prior to and beyond presidential election. It looked specifically at the impact of social media on the engagement process, making a case for local engagement in particular:
“National elections are easier to participate in. The candidates are more well-known and media coverage is far more salient. Voting in local elections requires some motivation to educate ourselves about these races.
However, the trade-off is worth it. Looking at our Facebook and Twitter feeds, many of our friends may blame national politics for local issues. Taking action in local elections can alleviate this divide and move us away from the passive, armchair activism of social media.”
You can read more here.
Contributor: Brian Stewart, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’17.