Tips for Contacting your Legislators
Before you call or email
- Determine who your elected officials are based on where you live.
- Note two to three main points you want to make about the issue in question.
- Note specific, personal reasons you support or oppose the issue in question to make your call stand out.
NOTE: Your correspondence (either via phone or email) will most likely be handled by staffers for the legislator in question.
During your call or email
- Calling is preferred over email or mail (read about why here), but still contact them any way you can!
- Be polite and respectful even if you didn't vote for the legislator you're contacting. Common courtesy goes a long way in having your opinion heard.
- State who you are and that you're a constituent (including your full address and zip code if necessary).
- State that you are a United Methodist and how that relates to the issue based on our Social Principles.
- Ask what the legislator's stance is on the issue you're inquiring about. If they disagree, ask why.
- Make it personal - A personal connection to an issue makes your story stand out to the staffer who handles your correspondence or call. If you voted for the legislator, say so.
- Keep it short - The information will be summarized and passed on to the legislator, so select two to three points at most to highlight.