I am writing this to help readers who may be upset with Congress but unsure what to do.
- Make sure you are registered to vote. Go to NJElections.org and click "Am I Registered?" to check. Follow prompts to enter your name and birth month/date to find out. Also make sure you find and write down your local polling place. Click the "Where do I vote?" button and search by home address.
- Enter these dates into your phone's calendar with a pop-up reminder scheduled for the early morning, and/or write them on your calendar at home: November 7, 2017 (NJ gubernatorial election); June 5, 2018 (presumable date for primary); November 6, 2018 (U.S. Congressional mid-term election). Include the address for the polling place you just looked up in that calendar entry, so you will remember where to vote.
- Find a local activism group and sign up for email updates to learn about what votes in Congress mean for you, and to hear about upcoming events. I suggest NJ 11th For Change, with which I am heavily involved too. They are local, independent, and nonpartisan, therefore not beholden to political parties. Sign up at nj11.org/join.
- Go to IssueVoter.org to follow bills in Congress. You can read both sides of any argument and click through to send your opinion to your representative.
- Call your members of Congress to voice your concerns. The Congressional switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. You can look up your Senators by state and House Representatives by zip code.
I hope this helps. Let's be active participants in our democracy together!