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With a government elected by its citizens and that affects every aspect of our lives such as schools and health care, voting is an important right in our society. By voting, you are making your voice heard and registering your opinion on how you think the government should operate.
Unlike living in an autocratic or an authoritarian countries, living in a democracy requires the citizens to be engaged with their government to ensure the government is working for us (the people). Because the constitution of the United States guarantees our rights of free speech, you will not be jailed, tortured, or persecuted if you criticize the government. As a matter of fact, it is your civic duty to do so in order to ensure that our representatives are held to the highest standards of governing.
Before you are able to vote you must register. You can vote in U.S. elections if you:
- Are a U.S. citizen.
- Meet your state’s residency requirements. You can be homeless and still meet these requirements.
- Are 18 years old on or before Election Day.
- Register to vote by your state’s voter registration deadline.
In California, you may Register to Vote by filling out a voter registration form and mailing it, or completing the form online: http://registertovote.ca.gov/
Beyond voting, it’s important to be actively involved to make your voice heard and influence others on issues that matter to you. Below you can find a few non-partisan organizations that might interest you.
Arab American Civic Council
Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR LA)
2180 W Crescent Ave, Anaheim, CA 92801
ACLU of Southern California, Orange County Office
1851 E First Street, Suite 450, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(o) 714.450.3962 x108