It’s been over a month since we rallied around the voting booth and let our choices known by voting last November. Did you think your job was done? You showed up, and that was all? Voting is only the beginning of being heard. The next step is to let them hear from you!
Regardless of whether or not your candidate was elected, your voice still matters. Now is when the work starts. All those issues that mattered to you prior to voting, are still valid issues. All your views you had are still important and your representatives need to know your thoughts. As a matter of fact, it’s their job to listen to you.
There are several options and you can choose the method most comfortable for you, however, we’ve been told actually calling your official is the best way to be sure they hear you. You may not speak directly to your elected official, but the person answering the phone will make note of your concerns. It’s okay to jot a few things down, so you don’t lose track of your thoughts. Have a statement prepared and let them know your views. Although you may be frustrated, it’s important to be articulate, not lose your temper, or yell at the person answering the phone.
Their website should have information on their stance, and what they’re views are. If they have social media, they may be posting about their activities. The information is out there for you and you have the right to contact them and let them know how you feel about the issues that are important to you.
Your voice matters long after your vote is cast. It’s up to you to let your official know what matters to you in order for them to do their job effectively. It may sometimes feel like you aren’t being heard, but it’s up to us to do more than vote. We need to remain diligent beyond knowing the issues prior to voting. We need to guide our officials in how to represent all of their constituents. #WomenVotes