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The U.S. Census Bureau is required to take a census of population every 10 years, during the year ending with zero. According to the Constitution of the United States, this decennial census has one fundamental purpose: to ensure that number of seats each State has in the U.S. House of Representatives reflects the relative size of the State’s population as compared with other States. Currently there are 435 representatives divided among the 50 States. Each of these representatives is elected by the voters of a congressional district, defined as an area established by law for the election of representatives to the U.S. Congress. Each congressional district is to be as equal in population to all other congressional districts in the State as practicable, based on the decennial census counts. The number of congressional districts in each State may change after a decennial census. After the number of seats assigned to the individual States is determined (apportionment), the task of drawing the new congressional districts (redistricting) is generally given to each State legislature. Congressional district boundaries may be changed more than once during a decade.
How to Write Elected Officials
When writing to your elected officials—whether you are sending a letter by mail, facsimile or e-mail, these are some simple tips that may be of assistance:
- Be clear, polite and succinct. Make sure your letter is easy to read. It can be handwritten or typed.
- Write the proper greeting for your letter. For example: Dear Senator Smith, Dear Representative Smith, Dear Mayor Smith, Dear Governor Smith, or Dear President Smith.
- Get straight to the point. In the first few sentences say who you are, where you are from and why you are writing.
- Stick to one issue per letter. For example, you may write to support an issue, to thank an elected official for something he or she has done or to say that you are against a certain issue.
- Support your point. Use the rest of the letter to convey your thoughts, story and/or ideas. Make the letter personal to you.
- Do not preach or scold. Limit your letter to one page. And, tell the elected official what you would like him or her to do. For example, if you are writing about a bill, say if you want your elected official to vote for or against it.
State Legislative Action
We urge our members, their families and all working people to know where their elected officials stand on the issues.
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