Voting is more than just filling out your ballot: it's making an informed decision. Oregon sends ballots and informative voters' pamphlets out weeks in advance, giving you ample time to research candidates and issues.
Inspire, Promote and be a Catalyst for Change
Lawmaking is a collaborative process between legislators and the people they represent. Consider your skills and think about how you can best improve your community. Do you enjoy public speaking? Consider testifying to a committee. Do you have project management skills? Work for a political action committee.
Don't feel ready for state government? Consider getting involved locally.
Time is a valuable asset. If you have even a little time to spare, consider volunteering at the Capitol, for your elected officials, or for a campaign. Volunteer jobs give you a chance to experience lawmaking first-hand, and if you're considering a political career, an insider's look into government.
Run for Office
Legislators who represent Oregonians are ordinary people from all walks of life. They're teachers, doctors, lawyers, business people, students, homemakers and retirees. If you're connected with your community and feel like you understand its needs, and have the drive to be a strong advocate, consider an elected position. Candidates must be 21, and live in the district they hope to represent.
Many state senators and representatives started in local government.
Consider serving your city or neighborhood.