Connecting with Your Legislators
Here are some tips on making sure you’re ready for action and connected to your representatives:
1. Go to http://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp and enter your address to find your senate and house representatives. Save their phone numbers and email addresses so you’ll have them at hand when we ask you to contact them.
2. Friend, follow, or “like” your legislators on social media–Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (a lot of times there will be links to their active accounts on their le.utah.gov profile). This will allow you to hold them accountable publicly.
3. Google their names and click on the news tab of Google. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Create Alert”. If you have a gmail or google account, you’ll now be alerted anytime your reps make news.
4. Next, find out if they have a weekly newsletter (just Google their name + “newsletter”). Subscribe if they have one and stay informed of townhalls, constituent meetings, and other public events they are hosting. Then attend those meetings and ask questions.
5. Watch for action alerts here or sign up to be an Ambassador and receive notifications through Facebook and email. We’ll send calls out for direct action when we feel it is most impactful. These might be calling or emailing reps who are on certain committees, attending bill hearings, or simply showing up as a group somewhere in action pink.
6. Hold lawmakers accountable. When speaking or writing to them, make sure you say that you are their constituent (i.e. their re-election depends on keeping you and your neighbors happy) and tell them exactly what you’d like to do or how you’d like them to vote on your behalf. If you’re writing electronically, screen shot your message, share it on this page, share it on your own page, and encourage your followers to do the same. Then, blast their response. If they brush you off or respond dis-favorably, let all of your and their social media followers know. If they agree, thank them politely and publicly.