25 postcards share your opinion. Give voice! Practice civic responsibility. In a democracy, we elect officials to pursue policies and create laws for cities, states, and the whole country. Cities have city councils and mayors; state governments make decisions in each of the 50 states; and each state send senators and representatives to congress to make nationwide decisions that affect all of us. As citizens of a democratic nation, it is our responsibility to understand what is going on and make our voices heard. And is elected officials, it is their job to listen.