Relatively recently I have gained a lot of interest in the study of politics and government. Naturally, with this newfound interest, I want to get involved in my local government but I'm not sure where to start nor am I sure of what I can do. The only way I've ever been involved is voting but I would like to do more. Thank you.
There are a long list of options.You can first communicate with your local representative through phone, email, social media, or in person. They should be able to give you a first-hand account of the political process and opportunities available.
Alternatively, you can attend free or paid lectures, if possible at a local university to get some understanding of the political process, and what being part of it involves, at a personal, day to day level.
Engage with political interest groups close to your heart, and perhaps volunteer for a political organization or campaign.
Or, if you want to be involved, but not that extensively, there are plenty of public government events, tours, and political debates to be viewed in person.
There is also always the option to view a visual or written record - in the United States for example there is C-Span, the Library of Congress, and local libraries with transcripts.