How to Communicate With Elected Officials

How to Communicate With Elected Officials

(FiveNation.com) – Have you ever seen your elected official in a campaign ad and come to the realization you’ve never even spoken to the person who is supposed to represent you? That’s sobering. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. You have a right and responsibility to make your voice heard if you desire change. All you have to do is take a few small steps.

Use That Phone

The easiest way to get in contact with your representatives and senators is by calling their offices. You have elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels, and all of them have phones. You can request they call you back or just leave a message with their secretaries. This is very useful when you want them to vote a certain way.

For example, all you have to do is call and say, “This is <insert your name> and I would like <insert official’s name> to vote “no” on <insert bill name>.”

These calls are noted and should impact how the official votes if he or she hears from enough constituents.

Schedule a Meeting

If you have a critical issue to speak about, you can try to schedule a meeting with your elected officials or their aides. Arranging a meeting might be a little bit more difficult, but persistence pays off. If you have no luck getting through to them, it might be a sign that it’s time to vote someone into the office who listens to their constituents.

Town Halls Are Where It’s At

During the campaign season, and occasionally throughout their terms, your elected official may hold town hall events where the audience has an opportunity to ask questions. It’s a great time to speak to your representative and air any grievances or thank them for their work.

Make Them Listen

Finally, if all else fails, stage a protest. The First Amendment gives Americans the right to assemble and air their grievances to public officials peacefully. Politicians aren’t particularly fond of bad press, so if you can’t get them to hear you out any other way, don’t forget you have the right to make them hear you publicly.

Remember, your officials won’t know what you want if you don’t speak to them. So, what are you waiting for?

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