Writing Your Elected Officials

According to our former FWHC lobbyist as few as 3 letters on an issue is considered significant by legislative staffers. Legislators notice an increase in their mail and rely on letters to find out what their constituents are thinking. With the simple tools of pen, paper, envelope, and stamp, you can have an important role in shaping your representative’s opinion.

Remember to be…

1. Brief - A short letter is more effective than pages of documentation or discussion. Remember it all boils down to a “yes” or “no” in the legislator’s mind.

2. Specific - Deal with only one subject in the letter and state the topic clearly in the first paragraph. When writing about a particular bill, try to specify the bill’s title, number, and sponsor – thousands of bills are introduced each legislative session.

3. Personal - Your own experience and personal opinion count more with legislators than statistics or scientific data. This shows the legislators that you feel deeply about your issue.

4. Persistent - Write often to your own legislator, especially to those who are undecided or opposed to reproductive rights. You can make a dent! Keep in mind that people opposed to reproductive rights write every week.

5. Polite - Even though you may disagree with a legislator’s position, your message will be more effective if the tone is restrained and respectful.

6. Yourself – Always Sign your name and give your address. Legislators pay most attention to letters from people who live in their district --- their constituents. If a strategically key legislator is from another district, go ahead and write – but also try recruit willing people who live in that district who will be willing to write.

7. Grateful - Supporting reproductive rights can be hard for a legislator, especially if his/her district does not support the issue. If your representative votes are supporting reproductive justice, let him/her know you’re aware of that position and you’re grateful.

8. CALL US AT (404) 248-5445 TO GET THE FACTS!

Below are  a few pointer on how to write your legislator.

• Address state senators, congressional representatives, etc. as The Honorable _____ and executive branch holders by their position, e.g. Governor ______.
• Identify yourself as a concerned citizen, a member of a particular organization, a teacher, realtor, doctor, homemaker, etc.
• Be positive in tone (no threats), sincere, and constructive. Raise questions – a good question can get a personal response.
• It is not necessary to type the letter, but it should be neat and legible.
• Don’t forget to include your name and address on both envelope and the letter.
• Keep a copy of every letter you
• send (if possible).



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