If you are feeling disconnected from your local representatives, then you may want to try to get to know them and their platforms much better. Here are some ways to become more in touch with what is going on in Washington.
Go to Local Events or Town Halls
Town halls are a great way for representatives to communicate with their constituents in a way that allows them to get publicity and answer common questions. You can respond to events and make sure that they know you will be attending. Some representatives even allow you to submit questions ahead of time, so that they will be able to answer as many inquiries as possible. Politicians will often attend local events for causes that they support, so this is also a great way to meet and interact with those who represent you.
Communicate with Them
It is important to make your voice heard to politicians who represent you. This is best achieved by directly writing, calling, or emailing them. To do this, you can simply search for “contact my federal representative,” and you will be able to enter your information for a list of contact information for local, state, and federal politicians that govern for your district.
Get Involved with Campaigns
Although the presidential campaign is always the most talked about, it is vital that you participate in campaigns for representatives who support similar platforms as yourself. Go to the politician’s campaign website and search for opportunities to volunteer in your area. You can even do phone banking or emailing from almost anywhere, which allows you to volunteer more if you have a busy schedule.
You do not need to go to great lengths in order to be familiar with your local representatives and politicians. With these tactics, you are sure to feel informed about who is your voice in the federal government.