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Tips for Writing Your Legislators

  • Write a personal letter. Individually written letters, rather than mass generated form letters, make a greater impression on your legislator. Type your name, address, and phone number at the top.
  • Consider the timing. Most state legislatures are only in session part of the year. When the legislature is out of session, it may be more effective to send your letter to your legislator's district office.
  • Addressing correspondence:

To a State Senator:
The Honorable (Full Name)
State Legislative Building, (Room Number)
North Carolina Senate
Raleigh, NC 27603

To a State House of Representative:
The Honorable (Full Name)
State Legislative Building, (Room Number)
North Carolina House of Representatives
Raleigh, NC 27603

  • Be specific. Your purpose for writing should be stated in the first paragraph of the letter. If your letter pertains to a specific piece of legislation, be sure to identify its full name and number, e.g. House Bill: HB_____, Senate Bill: SB_____.Try to send your letter while the issue is still alive.
  • State your position. Explain why you support or oppose this particular issue. Keep in mind that local examples concerning the impact of this legislation are very powerful. Be courteous and to the point, keeping your letter focused on one issue.
  • Ask for a response. Indicate to your legislator that you would appreciate a reply containing his/her position on the issue. "Sincerely yours" is a proper way to conclude your letter.
  • Follow up. If you agree with your legislator's vote, take the time to let him/her know that. Similarly, if you disagree with his or her vote, inform your legislator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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