Advocacy Tips: Calling your elected officials

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What's your vision for the future of Minneapolis? At Our Streets Minneapolis local advocacy is one way we're making our city a place where biking, walking, and rolling are easy and comfortable for everyone. Our advocacy work depends on people like you raising your voices to push our city in the direction you'd like it to go. One way you can do this is by calling your elected officials.

Tips for calling your elected officials

Depending on what is most effective with your elected officials, a personal call can be a very powerful communication tool.

Here are then top tips on contacting them by phone:

  1. Find out how to pronounce your elected officials’ names.
  2. Plan ahead for what you are going to say. Prepare a brief script for yourself before you dial.
  3. Indicate that you are a constituent, and state your name and home address.
  4. Keep your call short.  You will often be speaking to an aide or assistant to the elected official.
  5. Specifically state the issue about which you are calling and/or give the House or Senate File number (the bill number) of the legislation.
  6. State clearly whether you support or oppose the legislation and how you want the legislator to vote.
  7. If you don’t know the answer to a question, say that you don’t know and get back to the elected official and/or staff with the answer.
  8. Take down the name of the aide with whom you spoke so that you will have a contact person.
  9. Thank them for their time.
  10. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done!

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