March 15, 2021
|AUSTIN, Texas — As the 117th Congress gets into full swing,iVoterGuidewants to make sure voters are well equipped to effectively contact their Members of Congress (MOCs) to stand up for the values and principles that they hold dear. Concerned voters may wish to voice their concerns about two recent controversial bills, H.R. 1 and H.R.5, according to Debbie Wuthnow, president of iVoterGuide. |
“H.R.1 is disastrous legislation being pushed by the Left under the guise of ‘voter access,’” said Wuthnow. “From disallowing voter identification laws to allowing felons to vote and giving a green light to ballot harvesting, the bill contains many elements you may wish to oppose.” On H.R. 5, the so-called “Equality Act,” Wuthnow stated, “Not only does it provide special status and protections for LGBTQ individuals but also specifically overrides the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”
According to iVoterGuide, every voter will have three MOCs to contact: The two U.S. Senators from the voter’s state and the Representative from the voter’s district. Their contact information can be found by using the following links: House: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/Senate: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ iVoterGuideoffers six helpful tips for voters when contacting their MOCs: Call the Direct Number. If possible, you should learn the direct number to your representatives’ offices rather than calling the switchboard. When you call directly, your number is displayed on caller ID. Simply put, MOCs care what you think because they need your vote. Staff quickly learn area codes and are more likely to take the call when they see it is from their district/state. Identify Yourself as Being from the District. No matter how you are contacting your Member, always start by giving your zip code so the office knows you are in the district. If you do not live in a Member’s district, it is best to rally your friends who do live in the district rather than calling them yourself. If you need to leave a message, don’t hesitate to do so – but don’t forget to leave your zip code. As staffers listen to messages, they will tally the “yeses” and “noes” from people in the district, and the information will be passed on to the Member. You can fax! Some offices still have fax machines that are rarely used. Sending a fax can be a great way to reach those offices. Be Specific. Be as specific as possible about what bill/issue you are referring to and how you want them to vote. Brief is not bad. “I’m John Smith, a constituent in zip code XXXXX, and I’m calling to ask the Congressman to please vote no on H.R.1” is perfectly fine.
In most cases, the reason you oppose or support a bill is not relevant to your Member. It is all about the numbers. At their best, MOCs are trying to represent the voters in their district, but now is not the time, for example, to try to convince your Member why they should be pro-life if they aren’t. The goal is for enough calls to come in regarding specific legislation that your Member believes could affect the outcome of his next election. Be Timely. Your Member’s office is fielding so many calls that they have to find a way to prioritize. Call them when a bill addressing your issue is before the body. Be Nice. Remember that you will be speaking with staff or even an unpaid intern who might not even share the views of the Member. They also may be getting hundreds or thousands of calls. Respect, civility, and even kindness go a long way. People can rise very quickly in congressional offices. The staffer you talk to today might be the Chief of Staff next time you call, and they will remember who was nice to them when they were first starting out. Learn names. Take every opportunity to build a relationship. Being nice is also the best marketing any cause can have! Issues and stances are fairly judged by the people who espouse them. Be a light for your values – and for God. Say “Thank You.” Don’t just call when you are upset. If a member voted how you wanted them to vote, call back to thank them. We often only use the “stick” to try to motivate our MOCs and forget that the “carrot” goes a long way, too! iVoterGuide is a one-stop resource for candidate ratings and election information. In 2020, iVoterGuide’s expert researchers gave an in-depth analysis —and overall rating— from a Christian and conservative perspective for 7,500+ candidates in more than 3,000 races nationwide. Additionally, iVoterGuide offers election dates, registration deadlines, polling locations, and other information needed to help Americans vote wisely and identify candidates on the ballot who share their values. Related tools are also available to inform family, neighbors, and business associates about getting their own personalized ballots. iVoterGuide is helping to restore the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and traditional American values. iVoterGuide created Pray for Leaders, an easy way for voters to pray by name for nine (9) officials that they personally have the authority to elect. Each workday, iVoterGuide distributes an email with a picture and information on one of the recipient’s elected officials – plus a suggested prayer.
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