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How are citizens involved in the three branches of our federal government?

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Public participation is very important especially in running a democratic government and this does not stop after elections. The public is responsible for most of the actions and decisions that the government makes through expressing their opinions and suggestions.

The public can influence the legislature by directly communicating their ideas to members of congress. During debates the public participates as individuals or groups to either support or oppose passage of a new bill through correspondence to their representatives. For example, the voting in of strong Net Neutrality rules by the FCC after direct participation by millions of Americans.

In a similar way, the public can participate in the running of the executive through petitions aimed at specific...

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