By providing materials and a sample letter, one person can help influence many others to speak out on a current issue or piece of legislation. Even a few letters can have a big impact.
Officials assume that a single letter represents the views of several people; many letters represent the views of lots of people. Officials rarely have time to read letters. Letters generally are opened by staff, who keep running tallies of incoming letters and pass on mail counts to the official. A few sample letters may be selected for the official to see as a means of keeping a pulse on his or her constituency. Thought-provoking and informational letters can educate the staff who read them and thus influence the official indirectly.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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