In the United States of America the right to vote and the use of the vote are seen as pillars of responsible citizenship and a healthy democracy. Democracy is defined as “the common people, especially as the primary source of political power; includes social equality and respect for the individual within a community” (Webster’s dictionary). Open access to political knowledge and preservation of this information helps citizens understand a broad range of past and current community issues that impact their lives. “A robust democracy and public welfare depend on an engaged and informed citizenry…”(Kranich 2005). Furthermore, Kranich states that, “ultimately, discourse among informed citizens assures civil society and civil society provides the social capital necessary to achieve sovereignty of the people, by the people and for the people” (Kranich 2005).