YOUR ELECTED GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.
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Why contact government officials?
Federal, state and local governments
enact laws. These laws affect our society collectively and our lives
officials votes on legislation are often affected by viewpoints expressed
by constituents. Because we live in an age where lobbyists for
powerful special interest groups greatly influence our elected representatives
(many of which oppose your Christian and/or moral values), your voice needs
to be heard by your officials before they vote on key legislative bills.
How should I contact my elected
maximum effect, the best way to contact an elected official is to FAX
them a letter. Email can be effective (but due to high volume, faxing is
preferred). Letters are also acceptable; however, due to threats of terrorism,
mailed letters frequently arrive at your government representatives desk,
especially at the federal level, in a significantly delayed manner (i.e.,
potentially after the issue has been decided upon). A telephone call is a
satisfactory and perhaps the fastest method, but a number people tend to shy
away from this method.
How do I find contact
information regarding my elected representatives? By Clicking this
link. This link will quickly and easily provide you access to
your state and federal representatives email, fax number, addresses, and
telephone numbers). Simply enter your zip code.
What do I say?
Sample letter, fax or email:
As your constituent,
I urge you to closely review and oppose [support]
_______________. [<-- Cite identification number of proposed bill]
Briefly state your reasons]
Thank you for
taking the time to consider this request. I look forward to hearing from
. [Your First and Last Name]
[Your Residence Address]
Government officials desire or require your first
name, last name and address so that they can verify that you are who
you purport to be.
Other helpful advice:
Brief and succinct;.
1 page maximum;
Limit any discussion to one issue;
If writing persuasively, do so politely;
Don't communicate too frequently; and
Make your communications timely.
I urge you to contact to your elected
officials. It only takes a few minutes. The link above and
the sample letter above make such contact easy and fast.
See related article: Churches in the Political Arena