How to Talk So Your Alabama Legislator Will Listen
It may only take a couple dozen phone calls, emails, or other contact from constituents to get an issue on your legislators' radar.
Do a Little Research
- Know your community and the issues that are important to them.
- Know your legislators, their backgrounds, and their positions.
- Know the organizations that research and recommend policy changes.
Meet in Person
- Go to events. Attend town halls, forums, and other meetings where they are speaking. Come prepared with a question. Be sure to introduce yourself after.
- Go to the Statehouse. Visit your legislators during session. Contact them in advance to let them know you are coming.
- Go to their office. Out of session, legislators have more time. Set up a meeting and bring like-minded friends.
Write a Letter
Personal letters can be very effective. Legislators do read their mail. Typed, handwritten, or email are all fine. Look around our website for ideas on messaging, or use your own words. Encourage others to write.
Make a Call
Talk to your legislators. Simply pick up the phone and call their office. You may reach a staffer or leave a message. State the issue, what you want them to do about it, and why it matters to you.
- Be prepared. Before contacting your legislator, research the issue and plan what you want to say.
- Be brief. Legislators want to know what you think, but they are very busy, especially during session. Keep letters to 1-2 paragraphs and phone messages to a few sentences.
- Be firm but courteous. If possible, include praise for a position the legislator has taken in the past.
- Physical Address of State House: 11 S Union Street, Montgomery, AL 36130
- Mailing Address for any legislator: [Legislator's Name], Alabama State House, Montgomery, AL 36130
- Phone for House: (334) 242-7600
- Phone for Senate: (334) 242-7800
- Website: http://www.legislature.state.al.us
- Find your legislator: http://capwiz.com/state-al/home