How can a young American get involved in the voting process?

The first step is registration. All 18 year old American citizens have the right to register in the community where they live, usually by going to the city hall. Many young voters register when they get their driver's license. Some states allow mail-in registration or mobile registrars who set up tables at shopping centers or community events. The Web sites mentioned below all provide information, and in some cases direct Web links, to voter registration processes.

For those who wish to go beyond voting, most campaigns are always on the lookout for volunteers. Stopping by a candidate or party headquarters or Web site will often provide a number of volunteer opportunities.

-- Steve Frantzich, Professor of Political Science at the U.S. Naval Academy