Make your voice heard. Fax Congress!

Email is the most common way for citizens to contact their Senators and Representatives, however, it is also the least effective according to many experts. To be heard above the background noise, many concerned citizens are turning to electronic fax.

Technology has made it easier than ever to communicate with elected officials. Unfortunately, that also means that it’s easier for your message to get lost in the crowd.

As we enter the election season, it’s important to keep in mind that our system of government is designed to be responsive to the needs of its citizens. Your national, state, and local representatives need to hear from you. Your voice can make a difference.

How to Contact your US Senator:
Start at the Senate directory. Select a state from the drop-down list to find out who your Senators are. It’s usually listed on the “Contact” page; but if it’s not there, look for a list of offices. Very often, each office will have a separate fax number listed.

How to contact your Local Congressman
Follow the same process, starting with the US House’s Directory of Representatives. Just scroll down to a state and district to find your representative, and click through to their website to find the right fax number.

Fax can help with many other situations when you need to contact government officials for help. Your Senators and Congressional Representatives are eager to provide help with veterans benefits, requests for US flags, federal grants, nominations to the US military academies, and more.

Fax can even make the process of absentee voting easier. If you are unable to vote in person, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. If you are traveling out of town, if you live overseas, or if you are unable to vote for medical, work, or religious reasons; you should request an absentee ballot in advance. To speed up the process, you can often fax your application for an absentee ballot. Some jurisdictions reportedly even allow voters to submit their completed ballot by fax, if they are unable to return the ballot by mail. Check with your local election officials for details about the exact rules and regulations in your area.

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