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Contact With Your Elected OfficialsHow Do I Determine Who My U.S. Congress Member Is?
Click here to access the Virtual Congress database. If you cannot determine your elected official on this web site, call your County Board of Elections. Give them your street address and they can tell you your Ward, Precinct, Congressional District, State Senate District and State House District. To access a directory of Ohios Boards of Election, click here.How Do I Contact My U.S. Congress Member?
Use the Legislative Directory on this web site to find your representatives' phone numbers and addresses make direct contact with your legislator.
ALWAYS TELL YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL
THAT YOU LIVE IN THEIR DISTRICT
You have a personal story - tell it!
It is very easy to write a form letter or repeat a prepared speech Dont Do It! This is commonly referred to as "Astro-Turf Lobbying" as opposed to "Grass Roots Lobbying." Legislators can tell when a highly organized lobbying firm has prepared people to bombard them with a specific agenda. Explain the effects that their decisions have on you and your family and what you expect from them. You do NOT have to have ALL the answers. If a legislator asks you a factual question and you dont know how to answer, simply respond "Im not sure, but I will find out and get back to you."
What to expect from the legislator.
Your members of Congress are elected by you and work with you. They are elected to listen to the concerns of their constituents, speak on their behalf, develop solutions to the problems in this country and act as a liaison between their constituents and federal agencies.
By the time your conversation or written response is complete you should know where they stand on the issue you have discussed. If you are not given a firm "YES" or "NO," ask them to call or write to you with their decision. If you are concerned about their vote on a specific bill ask them or their office to send you their final vote on that bill.
You dont need to end your contact a victor. You need to end knowing that you have adequately expressed to them your concerns and desire for action. And, of course, after communicating with a legislator you should have the necessary tools to know whether or not you will support them or fight them in their next election.
What Do I Do After Communicating With An Elected Official?
A thank you note is always appropriate. Regardless of their position, it is nice to restate your gratefulness for their support or your hope that they consider your information and the consequences on you before they make a final decision on the issue you have discussed.