Contacting Lawmakers At The Click Of A Button

Joseph Marks | Nextgov | February 6, 2013

Writing to your legislator used to actually mean…well, writing to your legislator. Then it meant emailing. Now the state of Washington is taking things one step further by letting people write to their lawmakers by commenting directly on a piece of proposed legislation.

The system asks for a commenter’s address and then uses that information to send a copy of the comment to his or her state representative, according to a Seattle Times story. The new system is part of a much wider trend of using new digital and social tools to better include citizens in the lawmaking process...