The time has come to make your voices heard! On the political scene you have more opportunities than just voting on the first Tuesday of November. If you are a registered voter in one of the major political parties, you can attend the caucus of your local party precinct. Go to your party website or watch the papers for times and places. At the caucus you will have the opportunity to vote for the people that will represent you at the county assembly and/or the state convention of your party. You may also seek to be one of those representatives. This is where the process starts to determine which candidates will be on the primary and general election ballots.
If you are an independent, you have no say in this process because you have no "horse" in this race. However, all the political parties will be after your vote in the general election so you are likely to get more phone calls and mailings than you would if you are registered in one of the parties. Politics DOES affect your life and remember -- just because you don't take an interest in politics doesn't mean that politics won't take an interest in you. Taking part in the political process is one of the privileges of being an American.