Writing to Your Legislator
Legislators want to know what’s important to you, and they value your input. Sadly, they often report that their inaction on an issue is simply because not enough people spoke to them about it. So, remember your advocacy is not just your right, it’s appreciated.
Some forms of written communication are more effective than others. While emails and form letters are fine, personal letters (perhaps even hand-written) convey a stronger message. They demonstrate the importance of your concerns by showing you went out of your way to make them known.
Writing a letter and making a follow-up phone call takes a few minutes, but those steps ensure that your legislator knows just how you want to be represented.
When writing a letter, you should:
• Keep your letter short; a single page is best.
• Be concise and specific, but add a personal touch.
The letter should include the following parts:
Introduction, problem statement, proposed solution, conclusion and call to action.
Be sure to include all of your contact information (e.g., home address, phone number, e-mail address), so your legislator can reply to you.