Contact your legislators
To call the Capitol Hill switchboard dial (202) 224-3121. You can also look up the local district phone number of your congressperson here.
United States House of Representatives contact information.
United States Senate contact information.
Here are some suggestions for your call:
your name and address and ask for a response. If you don't give
your address your comments are less likely to be forwarded. Explicitly
requesting a response suggests you'll be unhappy if you don't hear
- Tell them that you're a constituent. Remember that the staff person you are speaking to is, in effect, YOUR employee. Be firm but also be polite and courteous. Angry callers are much less likely to be taken seriously.
- Be specific in what you want your representative to do. Instead
of stating generally that you want your representative to vote for
direct election, encourage him or her to support HJR 36 by signing on as a co-sponsor. If you write a letter we
encourage you to include the text of the bill. For access to all bills visit http://thomas.loc.gov.
- Do not demand to speak to your congressperson
directly. They are extremely busy and most likely not even in the
office. Instead, ask to speak to the staff member responsible for
electoral reform issues. This makes it more likely that you will
speak to someone directly.
you call or write a letter/e-mail, try to keep your
comments brief. No matter how eloquent your argument is,
it will be summarized when it is passed along.
Keep things short in order to ensure that the most important part of
your message is not left out. Making brief arguments will increase the
likelihood that you will be noticed.
- Let them know
that you look forward to their response, and thank them for their
time. Make sure once again that they have your contact information.
Don’t underestimate the importance of contacting your legislators. With your help this movement will continue growing - one living room, one phone call, one conversation at a time. Every phone call puts this important issue higher on the political agenda.
Thanks for doing your part!
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