Important Tips for getting your voice heard.
1. Be a registered voter.
If you're not already, registering to vote is a simple step that will get you started in feeling like a part of the process.
Some officials check voting lists to determine how important your letters are by whether you vote!
Remember The MAFAC Code: "Emails are great, letters are better and phone calls are the known call!"
TM We use this little slogan to remind us that any time you contact your representative, you've done a great thing but
some ways are better than others for getting your point across. Your email will be noted and sometimes you will receive a
reply. A letter sent by regular/"snail mail" will stand out and make an even bigger impression. If you
take the time (and muster up the courage) to make a phone call, it will be "known" that you want your representative
to take notice of thesubject of your call.
Be important. Your ONE email, letter or phone call will be seen
to represent as many as 50 people who feel the same way but did not take the time to speak up! Think about how important that
small and work your way up!
a). If you're just not comfortable with
making phone calls, start with emails. Your representative will know that this is
important to you as well as others.
b). When you
start to feel comfortable with emails, start thinking about writing letters. Thinking about
having envelopes, paper and stamps close by for when you get inspired to write!
c). When you are ready, start thinking about how
you'll "get brave" and make that first phone call to an elected official. Most
people feel better knowing that they will almost always
speak only with an assistant. The representative usually does not
come to the phone.
it short AND sweet!
a). Choose one or two sentences to make your point. This
way, you can "get it over with" fast and still get that great feeling that
you've contributed! When you get more comfortable, you can start to make
longer statements to explain your concerns.
You can say something as
Hello, my name is
_____________ from city, state.
to ask you to vote for the ___________ bill. Will Represntative/Senator__________ vote for the bill?
If yes: Thank you for your
leadership, you have my support.
If no: I support this bill, as do many other constituents, and I hope you'll reconsider.
b). Be polite. No matter how passionate or angry
you may feel, we know that "you catch more bees with honey." In other words,
it's much easier for people to
hear your feelings when they are being spoken to in a pleasant, respectful way.