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Telephoning Your Elected Officials

When you call your elected officials, a staff member will likely answer the phone. You should request, but do not expect, to be connected to your legislator. Usually you will be asked to leave a detailed message with that staff member. You may also ask to be transferred to the chief of staff or the legislative assistant who handles that particular issue.

Emphasize that you are a constituent. Be sure to leave your full name and address so that the legislator can mail you a response.

Explain your standpoint on the legislation in as much detail as you are comfortable with. You should always be prepared to explain why you do or do not support a specific bill, so keep our communications nearby to use as a reference.

If you are speaking to a staff member, ask for his or her insight and the member's position.