Calling your legislator, especially right before an important vote, can be persuasive. Some tips:
- Have important information, such as the specific bills, in front of you. Following a script or preparing bullet points can help ensure you cover all the points you want to make.
- Be brief and focus on one issue per call.
- Ask for a specific response, such as “Will you support higher education in the budget process?”
- You may talk with legislative staff members. Treat them the same way you would your representative.
- Send a follow up note, and be sure to mention the assistance of the staff when sending follow-up notes.
- Your call may be routed to a message line. These calls are logged, so share your concerns.
- You may ask for your representative to return the call. Some call back; some don't.