Tips for communicating with elected officials

Remember that telephone calls are usually taken by a staff member. Ask to speak with the aide who handles the issue about which you wish to comment. After identifying yourself, tell the aide you would like to leave a brief message, such as: “Please tell Senator / Representative {name} that I support / oppose _____.” You should also state reasons for your support or opposition to the bill. Ask for your senators’ or representative’s position on the bill. You may also request a written response to your telephone call.

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Tips on writing your elected officials (via mail or e-mail)

  • Your purpose for writing should be stated in the first paragraph of the letter. If your letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation identify it according to the bill number.
  • Be courteous, to the point, and include key information, using examples to support your position.
  • Address only one issue in each letter; and, if possible, keep the letter to one page.
To learn more about effective advocacy, please download the Arts for Colorado Advocacy Primer