Write to Your Elected Official
Regardless of how you voted, once in office, elected officials need to know that you are depending on them to represent your concerns. Letters and emails are an effective way of communicating with your elected officials. Many legislators believe that a letter represents not only the position of the writer, but also many other constituents who did not take the time to write.
Tips for Writing to Your Elected Official.
- State who you are and your opinion in the first paragraph. Tell them you are a constituent and identify the issue you are addressing. If you letter is in regards to a specific piece of legislation, remember to mention the bill number if it has been given one
- Be specific, discuss what you want from the legislator and offer steps they can take to combat workplace bullying
- Keep it brief: Letters should never be longer than one page, and should be limited to one issue. Legislative aides read many letters on many issues in a day, so your letter should be as concise as possible
- Appeal personally to the legislator. Show and tell them why this matters in their community or state. Include a personal story that shows how this issue affects you and your family. But remember to keep it short
- Use a collaborative, rather than accusatory, tone. We must build partnerships to create change
- Have you ever voted for this elected official? Have you ever contributed time or money to his or her campaign? Are you familiar with him or her through any business or personal relationship? If so, tell your elected official or his or her staff person.
- You Are the Expert: Remember that your legislator's job is to represent you. You should be courteous and to the point, but don't be afraid to take a firm position. Remember that often your elected official may know no more about a given issue than you do.