|Take Action: contact your state and federal representatives|
Nothing is more important to an elected representative facing a tough decision than hearing the opinions of people who vote in their districts. Here are three effective ways to contact your representative.
WRITING A PERSONALIZED LETTER
Writing a letter continues to be one of the most effective ways a voter uses to share opinions with elected officials. It can by hand or typewritten. Letters should be short, to the point and clearly reference the bill or issue you are addressing. Focus on the issue not the legislative process.
A good letter begins with your address to identify yourself as a constituent. It addresses the legislator as "the Honorable. Clearly states you are a constituent. Clearly states your support or opposition to a bill and states the bill by number. EXAMPLE LETTER
Email is convenient and it generally follows the same ground rules as a letter. It is even more important that you make clear you are a constituent by placing your community identity in the Subject line. The body of the email begins immediately with your home address and the statement that you are a constituent.
Email has the same guidelines for a letter. Tell your story. Avoid statistics. Be brief. Clearly ask for a certain action and specifically identify the issue you are addressing by bill number. EXAMPLE EMAIL
A phone call is quick and cheap. Rules for email and letters apply to phone calls. Clearly state where you are from and that you are a constituent. Limit your contact to support or opposition to a specific bill or action and then consider a text-based contact to tell your story. Call during business hours to either the district or Capitol office -- this applies to state and federal representatives. EXAMPLE TELEPHONE SCRIPT
Ask for a response with the legislators final action. It shows you're watching.
NOW CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR
|This page was last updated on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 .|