As 2021 begins, the United States is entering its fourth Presidential election year since President Trump took office in 2016. This historic year presents a critical window of opportunity for US citizens to get informed, get involved, and get out the vote. The first step in making sure your voice is heard is to ensure you are registered to vote in your state and that your voter registration is up to date. Registration deadlines vary from state to state, so be sure to check your deadlines and submit your registration materials in time. The second step is to examine your options. Every American should research the candidates running for office in their state, city, and county. A great online tool to help you understand the positions of each candidate is the voter guides which are available at vote.org. Knowing the candidates’ records on policies important to the current election will help you determine who you plan to cast your ballot for come November. The third is to get involved. This election year, volunteerism matters more than ever. Whether you choose to volunteer at a political campaign office, join a protest rally, or register your neighbors to vote, your time is making a difference. You also have the ability to donate money to a campaign or a cause that aligns with your values. Finally, make an effort to stay informed. Understanding all the important issues that will be on the ballot not only in the general election but also in the primaries and caucuses is paramount. Visit the websites and social media accounts of all candidates in your area and if possible, attend debates or forums and listen to what they have to say. Keeping up with political news outlets on a regular basis is also essential to staying informed. As we enter the fourth presidential year of the Trump Administration, it is more important than ever to make sure your voice is heard. Get registered, research your options, get involved, and stay informed. This year is your year to make a difference—now go and do it!