The best way to have your voice heard is by voting for politicians that represent your views and keeping them informed by calling your elected officials directly. Legislative offices track phone calls and letters and will bring issues to the forefront if they are being addressed by large groups of constituents.
Here is a step by step guide on how to effectively reach your elected officials today:
- Call congressional offices directly or through the switchboard. If you do not have the direct number, you can click on the Find Your Elected Official link. You can also reach US representatives by calling 202-225-3121, and US senators by calling 202-224-3121. Ask the operator to connect you to the individual office.
- Ask to speak to the aide who handles the issue about which you are calling. Your call will be more influential if you speak to the correct aide. However, Congressional aides are very busy and this is not always possible. If you cannot speak directly with the aide, leave a message with the receptionist stating your views.
- Let them know that you are a constituent. Elected officials are most interested in your opinions if you are their constituent, so be sure to say the city and state you are from.