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Advocacy 101: Political Advocacy

Who do I contact?

Federal Elected Officials

How can I find my representative?

How can I find my senator?

How can I contact the President and the Cabinet?


State and Local Elected Officials

DuPage County Look Up - Enter your address and find out who your elected officials are.

Cook County Look Up - Enter your address and find out who your elected officials are.

Other counties - look for County Clerk's Office or Election Commission in your county.

Illinois General Assembly

Contact Governor Bruce Rauner

Other states - search for your state elected reps and governor.


 

What do I say?

5 Calls:

  • provides phone numbers and scripts so calling is quick and easy
  • uses your location to find your local representatives so your calls have more impact

5 Calls is available for free online, on iOS, and Android devices.

Countable

  • Read clear and succinct summaries of upcoming and active legislation.
  • Directly tell your lawmakers how to vote on those bills by clicking “Yea” or “Nay”.
  • Follow up on how your elected officials voted on bills, so you can hold them accountable in the next election cycle.

Countable is available for free online, on iOS, and Android devices.

 

Why calling is the most effective way to reach your elected official.

How to Call your Your Congressman: An Animated Guide for the Socially Anxious


Scripts

Googling "scripts for calling representatives (or congress or legislators or senators)" along with your issue will bring back results with a script on just about any topic. 

How can I learn more?

GovTrack allows you to track legislation being debated in the United States Congress.

Senate.gov - View voting schedules, learn about bills resolutions and treaties, even watch floor proceedings LIVE!

Clerk.house.gov - View voting schedules, learn about bills resolutions and treaties, even watch floor proceedings LIVE!

Congress.gov - See the roll call votes of your elected official on various bills and resolutions.

Vote Smart - Providing free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.

FactCheck.org - The Annenberg Public Policy Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.

League of Women VotersThe League is dedicated to ensuring that all eligible voters – particularly those from traditionally underrepresented or underserved communities, including first-time voters, non-college youth, new citizens, minorities, the elderly and low-income Americans – have the opportunity and the information to exercise their right to vote. 

How can I get more involved?

We the People: White House Petition - Sign or start a petition

Register to Vote - There are different rules in different states. Get started here.