Communicate your opinions effectively

How to lobby…

Writing a letter is considered the best way to communicate with your elected officials. Follow the tips below to express your opinions effectively:


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Identify Yourself

Identify yourself, personally and/or by your business. Legislators appreciate hearing from their constituents and need to know who you are.

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Be Specific

State up front your concern or issue. Keep your information concise and to the point.

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State Your Position

Let them know how you feel — in support or opposition — and why you feel that way. Often, it is the specific impacts — as you explain them — that will help your legislators understand the real-world implications of the legislation they are considering.

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What do you Want

Tell them what you want. Don’t leave them guessing. If you have a solution or recommendation, state it, again keeping it short and concise.

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Tell Them How to Reach You

Be sure to ask them to respond and tell them how to reach you.


Format Your Letter

Your letter should be addressed to:
The Honorable (legislator’s full name)

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