An email or letter from a constituent is a very powerful advocacy tool.
In general, an effective email should be limited to fewer than 500 words and a letter to one or two pages at the most. Start and end your correspondence by stating why you are writing and what it is you would like the elected official to do.
The tone of your email or letter should be professional and courteous, even when you disagree with a position, or are expressing disappointment about an action taken.
Emails and letters do make a difference! Federal, state and local legislators read and frequently respond to letters they receive. They gauge their responses to issues from the positions of their constituents.
The following are important to keep in mind when writing: