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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:
"Will you work for comprehensive immigration reforms that enable families to stay together and protect the rights and safety of all immigrants regardless of citizenship status, vocation, race, or religion?"
An climate change question could be:
"How should the U.S. be involved in international efforts to address climate change? Do you support the president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement?”
Find all of our Questions for Candidates.
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.
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