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LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ®
FREMONT-NEWARK-UNION CITY
Tips for Communicating with
Your Elected Officials
Do Write on our personal or business letterhead, if possible, and sign your name over your typed signature at the end of your message.
Do Be sure your exact return address is on the letter, not just the envelope.
Do Identify your subject clearly, by issue name, bill number or other adequate description.
Do Clearly state your reason for writing.  Your own personal experience is your best supporting evidence.  Explain how the issue would effect you.
Do Be reasonable in your request for action.
Do Ask your legislator, councilmember, or board member to state his/her position on the issue in his reply.  As a constituent, you are entitled to know.
Do Thank your legislator if he/she please you with his/her vote on an issue.  Everybody appreciates a complimentary letter and will remember it.
Don't Use stereotypical phrases and sentences that give the appearance of a ďform letter.Ē  That reduces the impactand the personal touch.
Don't Ask for the impossible.  Donít threaten our legislatorbecause it will do more harm than good.
Don't Forget about the timing aspect of your letter. Try and send your views while an issue is still relevant and allows your legislator to take action on it.
By email: 
Follow above Doís and Donítís. Make certain you add your full street address at the end of the email. Use subject line for your topic