Sharing your thoughts with those elected to represent us at the local, state and national level is easy and vital to the functioning of our democracy. When an issue or legislation arises that you care deeply about, contact your representatives by email, phone or regular mail to ensure that your voice is heard.
Tips for Communicating with Elected Officials
Email is now the preferred method of communication, but phone calls and letters are still effective.
Be courteous and to the point.
Keep letters to one page.
Describe specifically and in your own words how an issue or legislation will affect you or others you know.
Include the bill number or its popular name if you are commenting on specific legislation.
Be sure you give your name, address and phone number.
Give positive feedback. Take the time to also let representatives know when they have done something of which you particularly approve.
Remember, your elected officials represent you!
Finding Your Representatives
The Common Cause website has a Find Your Representative link that provides a personalized list of all your elected officials from President to your county supervisors based on the mailing address you provide. The site will ask if you want to be added to their mailing list, but you may decline.
LWVTRI is not endorsing Common Cause by providing this link. It is simply the easiest way we found to obtain contact information for all your representatives in one place. If you are uncomfortable providing your own address, use the address of a public building near you.
Attend a Local Government Meeting
Show up at a meeting to learn what decisions are being made that impact your community. To find the time and place for your county commission and school boards meetings, take the appropriate link below: