Using the telephone to contact your legislator's office is a personalized and effective way to discuss an issue. And while this may seem daunting, it doesn't have to be. Almost without exception, telephone calls are best placed to a legislator's local office if they have one. The staff is very diligent about keeping track of all calls and informing the legislators on a daily basis of the number of calls received on each issue. Just as with personal visits, chances are you will not have an opportunity to speak directly with the legislator, so be sure to ask to speak with the staff person responsible for your issue.
Tips for a productive phone call:
- Be brief and concise.
- Write out your thoughts in advance so you make sure that you capture your main talking points.
- Contact IDF, and we'll be happy to provide you with background information to help you prepare for the call.
- Aim to take no more than 2-3 minutes with your call.
- Start out by identifying yourself by giving your name, address, and the issue you are calling about.
- Clearly state your position, but avoid being confrontational.
- Be sure to conclude by asking for a written response from the legislator-- this will further demonstrate your concern.
- Don't worry, you are not expected to be able to answer all of their questions. If there is information that you are not able to provide, IDF will be happy to do all that we can to provide them with the appropriate information.
- Above all, remember to be courteous.