Ring, Ring, Ring: Why Making Phone Calls to Lawmakers Matters

As an advocate and constituent, it's important to make your voice heard on issues that matter to you.

By far one of the most effective ways to do this is by calling your lawmakers. Here are some reasons why:

  • Phone calls are more personal than emails or letters. When you call, you have the opportunity to speak directly with a staff member or even the lawmaker themselves. This can help you build a relationship and make a stronger impression.
  • Phone calls are more immediate than other forms of communication. If there's an important vote coming up, a phone call can help ensure that your voice is heard before it's too late.
  • Phone calls are more likely to be counted than other forms of communication. Lawmakers keep track of how many calls they receive on each issue, and a high volume of calls can signal that an issue is particularly important to their constituents.

However, there are some common mistakes that people make when calling lawmakers. Here is a couple to avoid:

  1. Being rude or confrontational. Remember that the person on the other end of the line is just doing their job. Be polite and respectful, even if you disagree with their position. This is where the golden rule comes into play!
  2. Not leaving a message. If you don't reach a staff member or the lawmaker themselves, leave a message with your name, address, and phone number. This will ensure that your call is counted.

Ready to get started? Here are some tips:

  1. Find your lawmakers' contact information. You can usually find this on their website or by calling their office.
  2. Prepare a script or talking points. This will help you stay focused and make sure you cover all the important points.
  3. Make the call! Remember to be polite, respectful, and concise.

We hope this information helps empower you to pick up that phone and make that call!

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