Civic engagement is a vital part of the political process in Bay County, Florida. From elementary school students leading the pledge at City Commission meetings to the League of Women Voters of Florida filing a lawsuit against the state's Secretary of State, citizens have a range of ways to get involved and make their voices heard. The League of Women Voters of Florida, represented by the Campaign Legal Center (CLC), recently took legal action against Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody. The suit claims that the state has not met federal voter registration requirements as outlined in the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
This is just one example of how citizens can take action to ensure their rights are protected and their voices are heard. In addition to legal action, citizens can also participate in civic activities such as attending City Commission meetings. Every school year, elementary students from Weston schools are invited to present the pledge at City Commission meetings from September to May. School faculty members select the group to represent their school on the assigned date.
Student groups, which include the student council, security patrol, honor roll students, and more, have the chance to lead the engagement and appear before the mayor and the audience, before shaking hands with all the city officials on the stand. Civic engagement is an essential part of Bay County's political process. It allows citizens to make their voices heard and take action when they feel their rights are being violated. From filing lawsuits to attending City Commission meetings, citizens have a variety of ways to get involved and make a difference.