You can – and should – have a voice in the policy-making process for North Carolina. These are YOUR elected officials! Here are some quick tips on how to engage as constituents (it’s up to us to hold them accountable).
If you can, take the time to write a personal letter. Form letters are effective at times, but to have a true impact, sharing your personal experience with your elected official will carry more weight (and likely yield a personal response)
The next best option is to pick up the phone – no, not to text your elected official but to speak. Having the direct communication is important if there is an urgent bill or action needed.
Of course, you can send an email. This will likely be the option most of us choose because it’s convenient and quick. Even if you make a phone call or send a handwritten letter, taking the time to follow-up with an email is good practice.
You can – and should – have a voice in the policy-making process for North Carolina.
First, we address our elected officials as “The Honorable” before the first and last name in written communications. When referring to them in greeting or salutation, you want to use their title (“Senator” or “Representative”) before their last name.
Second, the golden rule for any communication: be brief. Focus on one particular issue (or piece of legislation). Explain what action you want your legislator to take (i.e. support, oppose, introduce, etc.)
Third, if you’re talking about a bill that has been introduced, include its bill number (H### or S###, depending on whether it’s a House or Senate bill), its short title, and its principal sponsor(s).
Fourth, make it personal. How does this issue or legislation impact you, your family, and your community?
Finally, follow-up, especially after a vote has occurred. You can share your appreciation for their action, or let them know if you are disappointed. Again, it’s up to us to hold them accountable for representing our values.
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Even better than a phone call, tweet, or email, is taking the opportunity to sit across from your elected official for an in-person meeting. Below are our six tips on making the most of our this opportunity to have your voice heard.
That’s it! Now, where to go to find contact information for all members of the NC General Assembly? Click here.