Are persuasive arguments when writing to elected officials superfluous?
March 29, 2011 10:06 AM Subscribe
When I write to my elected officials, do they care WHY I support or oppose something?
posted by kristi to Law & Government (17 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
When I write to my elected officials, how much value is there in explaining why I support or oppose something?
Is the staff just stacking the letters/emails/phone messages in two piles, Oppose and Support? Is my carefully crafted rhetoric actually getting read, or influencing anything?
Is the answer different for local officials (Board of Supervisors) vs. state legislators vs. US Congress and Senate?
Basically, I'm wondering this: I can turn out a "I support X issue. Please vote yes on bill 12345." letter or phone call in much less time than it takes me to compose a whole statement about it. Do the two approaches basically count the same in my official's eyes anyway?
I'm especially interested in answers from people who have worked closely with elected officials.