A simple and effective way to voice your opinion on an issue is to contact your elected officials via email, mail or social media. Individualized communications with a specific request are best as they will likely receive higher priority over a form letter. Social media also works! In the last half-decade, officials have leveraged social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to gauge their constitutes views and opinions.
In a poll by the Congressional Management Foundation, 64% of the social media managers surveyed think Facebook is a somewhat or very important tool for understanding constituents’ views and opinions. (source)
Which constituent types who leveraged social media are most influential with elected officials?
- 77%: multiple constituents commenting within a group
- 75%: leaders of a group or organization
- 69%: a single constituent self-identifying with a group
- 58%: a single constituent on his or her own
Ready to start?
Below is a call-to action from Think Small, a MinneMinds coalition member, to educate local elected officials on the importance of early learning investments. A form letter is provided that will also enable you to revise the pre-populated content and then mail or email to your officials.
From Think Small – Leaders in Early Learning: Speak Out For Children