Writing a unique and compelling email or letter to an elected representative is a powerful advocacy tool.
By taking the time to write and send your message, you can clearly convey to your elected representative the issues that you are concerned about—and what actions you would like them to take, or what solutions you would like them to speak up for, to address this issue.
For every message an MP or Senator receives, they know that there are many other people in their community who feel the same way as you but just haven’t had the time to write in (yet!)
Your MPs and Senators get many emails each day, so make your message well-structured and clear—so that your elected representative sits up and takes notice!
Here is a suggested structure for your message:
Getting the tone right on your email or letter is an important step to make sure your message gets noticed. It can be helpful to write your message in a few goes. Draft it first, and then read and edit it at least once to strengthen it.
Look back through your message and ask yourself:
Feeling ready to send your email? Use this handy online tool to look up your MP and send your email now!
You don’t only have to write to your MP or Senator when you have a concern to raise! You may want to thank or congratulate them for speaking up on an issue that is close to your heart, or for taking courageous action. It’s helpful for elected representatives to hear when their community supports the steps they are taking, so they can continue to speak up.
Your elected representative will most likely reply to you, even if it takes a while! And even if you don’t hear back from them for a while, remember that even reading your email or letter gives them a sense of the issues their community care about.
You are welcome to follow up on your original message to start a conversation with your elected representative. You could send a follow-up email, give their office a phone call, drop by their office or request a meeting to talk further.