Whether you’re agreeing or disagreeing with decisions being made, it’s important to make sure your voice is being heard, as elected officials should know how their decisions are affecting their constituents. If the divisive presidential election inspired you to be more politically involved, a great way to start is by resolving to be more vocal to those who represent you. Here’s how to do it:
1. Have a clear request.
Know what you want before making contact. Your request should be clear and not too broad.
2. Start local.
Commenting on a post on Facebook might be convenient, but if you really want your opinion to be noticed, write a letter. Start local by writing one to their district office.
3. Pick up the phone.
Even better than a letter would be to pick up the phone and call your representative’s district office. A letter may get lost or overlooked, but they’ll have to pick up a phone call.
4. Encourage others to call.
There’s strength in numbers. If you know others who feel the same way you do, ask them to call and voice their opinions.
5. Attend town hall meetings.
Check your representative’s website to find out where and when these are held. You’ll have the opportunity to ask your representative a question in person, so come prepared.
6. Stay Engaged.
Even if the person in office is someone you voted for, chances are, you’re not going to agree with everything they do. Remain hopeful, and stay engaged. Their job is to represent you, so don’t let your opinions go unnoticed.