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Asking Questions at Town Halls
Town halls are a great opportunity to hear directly from your member of Congress. Here are some tips to help you make the most of it.
Include your name, your city, and your state. You may also want to say how long you've lived in the area or your profession.
Thank your member for being there.
It’s especially important when the town hall might be tense—it makes them much more receptive to your question.
Tell a brief story
Make sure the congressperson understands that this is personal to their district.
Make a clear, direct ask
You want to make it as hard as possible for them to avoid the question, and get them on the record agreeing to take a concrete action.
So for example on healthcare, a good question would be:
“I'm concerned about plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement that ensures continued, quality coverage for all your constituents. Will you refuse to repeal the ACA unless an adequate replacement is already in place?”
An immigration question could be:
“At any moment the President could sign an executive order revoking the protection for undocumented young adults who grew up in the U.S. Can I count on you to protect them by co-sponsoring the bi-partisan BRIDGE Act?”
You can find sample questions in the blue boxes of our legislative asks.
Get staff contact while you’re there, and reach out to make sure the member knows you will be watching to make sure they follow through.
- Get there early.
- Practice your introduction, story, and question. In many cases, you'll have two minutes or less to speak.