Many of our members have asked us how we know if a letter they have sent to a legislator has been read, or if that phone call really made a difference.
Legislators do tally calls – they count their calls and letters. If you call after hours their voice mail will ask if you are calling about a bill. Then it will ask you to leave your name, the bill number, and how you want them to vote on a bill.
As you must be aware, the more calls and letters to their office, the more attention your concerns will receive. There have been times in the past when a legislator’s office has called MHOAI to let us know they have recieved your calls and letters and want to discuss your concerns with them.
There have been times in the past when MHOAI has asked you to send us a copy of your letters. The legislator you are writing may not take the time to read your letter. We can show him or her your letter as a reminder of your concerns.
Legislators also want to know how many residents are registered to vote in our communities, and the voting turn-out in their district. We want to remind you that every vote, letter, and call shows legislators that we are many, organized, and demanding to be heard.