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Why contact government officials?

Federal, state and local governments enact laws.  These laws affect our society collectively and our lives individually.

Elected government 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 representatives?  For 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:

Dear President/Governor/Senator/Representative ____________:

As your constituent, I urge you to closely review and oppose [support]     _______________.  [<-- Cite identification number of proposed bill]


  [Optional: Briefly state your reasons]

  Thank you for taking the time to consider this request.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.




. [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: 

        Keep each communication:

            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

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