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Thinking outside the ballot box: exercising everyday democracy

Election season is an exciting time in a democratic society: you get to ask candidates your questions in public forums and they must answer them, or at least try to. You get to talk with your friends and neighbors about issues that are important to you. You get to evaluate multiple candidates on their ability to serve you and represent your needs, and then pick your favorite one.

Unfortunately, once you cast your ballot, the distance between you and the new mayor is vast; 1.5 million people live in the city of Philadelphia. Most people don’t engage with officials after they’re elected. As a single citizen, such efforts don’t yield much. An impassioned phone call to your senator’s office might result in a “thanks, I’ll let the senator know where you stand.”

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