One of the fundamental premises of loving where you live is this: If you love your town, you do what’s good for it. Except the bummer part is that what’s good for our town usually requires the kind of effort most of us would prefer not to have to make. Take voting, for instance. You have to do some preliminary research. You have to think. You have to leave your house. Who needs it? (In some local elections, more than 90 percent of city residents decide they don’t.)
I guest-posted about this for the new Community Engagement Learning Exchange blog of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill School of Government. Head on over there to learn my three reasons why we have a hard time getting off the couch to vote in local elections, and why we should anyway.