Note: We used the word lobbying instead of “contacting”. When you are contacting your legislator, you are lobbying her/him. Think of yourself in this way. If enough of us lobby a legislator, we can do in numbers what paid lobbyist do with money. This is why every call, email and letter you generate carries such importance. Following the steps below we will prepare you with the information you will need for your lobbying. It will not take long to follow these steps and will make it easier for the work ahead. Use it often and persuade as many others as you can to do the same.
FIRST STEP: If you are not registered to vote, DO SO! Your vote is your primary way of making your wishes known.
It is YOUR VOICE.
STEP TWO: Go to www.govtrack.us . Enter your address to find your two U.S. Senators and Representative. The page will list them with their Washington phone numbers. Click on “website” to access district addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.
STEP THREE: Go to openstates.org/findyourleislators/ . Enter your address to find your state legislators. Click on the name to go to a page listing their state capitol and district addresses and telephone numbers.
STEP FOUR: Save all this information in computer files that are easy to access when you need them.
STEP FIVE: Put the telephone numbers in your phone.
STEP SIX: At least once a week call one or more of them expressing how you feel about any issues you are hearing or reading about. Be sure you let them know you are a VOTER in their district. Be polite.
FYI: Both of the sites listed above are worth exploring for the current legislative information they provide. Bookmarking them would be a good idea.