Letter to the Editor: How to make your voice heard in Congressional proceedings

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Dear Editor:

I am writing this to help readers who may be upset with Congress but unsure what to do.

  1. Make sure you are registered to vote. Go to NJElections.org and click "Am I Registered?" to check. Follow prompts to enter your name and birth month/date to find out. Also make sure you find and write down your local polling place. Click the "Where do I vote?" button and search by home address.
  2. Enter these dates into your phone's calendar with a pop-up reminder scheduled for the early morning, and/or write them on your calendar at home: November 7, 2017 (NJ gubernatorial election); June 5, 2018 (presumable date for primary); November 6, 2018 (U.S. Congressional mid-term election). Include the address for the polling place you just looked up in that calendar entry, so you will remember where to vote.
  3. Find a local activism group and sign up for email updates to learn about what votes in Congress mean for you, and to hear about upcoming events. I suggest NJ 11th For Change, with which I am heavily involved too. They are local, independent, and nonpartisan, therefore not beholden to political parties. Sign up at nj11.org/join.
  4. Go to IssueVoter.org to follow bills in Congress. You can read both sides of any argument and click through to send your opinion to your representative.
  5. Call your members of Congress to voice your concerns. The Congressional switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. You can look up your Senators by state and House Representatives by zip code.

 I hope this helps. Let's be active participants in our democracy together!

Christine Clarke

Lake Hopatcong

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