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Communicating with Legislators By Mail or Fax

  • Use the proper form of address on the envelope and inside address. For senators and representatives: The Honorable [Full Name]
  • Start your letter: Dear Senator [last name] or Dear Representative [last name]
  • Make your letter legible. Handwritten letters are great, but if your handwriting isn't very easy to read, type the letter!
  • It must contain your name, return address and telephone number – readable!
  • Always be polite. Never, never preach, threaten, or scold!
  • In the first sentence, state your position. "I oppose [bill number]" or "I am against..."
  • Then introduce yourself: "I am a hobby breeder of Flat Island Zorchers in Bug Run."
  • Be clear and concise. State exactly why the legislation concerns you.
  • Focus on one or two issues at a time – don't try to cover everything in one letter.
  • Use personal examples. Say how the legislation would affect you.
  • Say exactly what you want – not, "Please consider this carefully," but "Please vote AGAINST this."
  • Keep it short – no more than one page long.
  • End by saying "Thank You" and "I look forward to your response."
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