Every Vote Counts
In the United States, every single vote counts. The first step to becoming a voter is to register, which you can do online in some states or at a local DMV in all states (according to the Federal Motor Voter Act). You also can register at your local or state Board of Elections. More information about registering to vote in Piedmont's service territories is available below.
These websites also provide information on candidates, election schedules, precincts and sample ballots, polling places and hours, and other key information about casting your ballot on Election Day.
Finding your representatives
Finding the people who represent you is just a click away. The links below will help you locate your federal and state representatives.
Need more information about how our states work hand-in-hand with the governments of other states and elected officials from across the country? Get great information from the National Council of State Legislatures.
- In Washington
Go to www.house.gov for members of the U.S. House of Representatives or www.senate.gov for members of the U.S. Senate. Once you are sure whom you want to contact, mail your letter to:
(Name of Representative)
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
(Name of Senator)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Or call: 1-202-224-3121, the main number for the U.S. Capitol Switchboard. Dial it to connect to a Congressional or Senate office.
- In North Carolina
- In South Carolina
- Click on either The Senate or The House, choose Delegations and select your home county. District maps are also available through this site
- In Tennessee
Contacting your elected representatives
Do you have an issue of particular importance to you or your family? Want to urge your Representative to support a key amendment? Write your Senator or Representative and let him/her know.
Here are a few tips to make sure your message is well received:
Legislators get hundreds of letters each day on many different issues. To ensure that your letter is read and your opinion heard, keep it short and simple.
State your opinion early in the letter and be clear about your position (for example: I support House Bill 121. We oppose an increase in the gas tax).
No two people agree on every issue, but the vast majority of our elected officials are working hard to do what they believe are the right things. While it is perfectly appropriate to disagree and express concern or frustration, always be polite.
Use specific information if you have it, but make sure your facts are correct
Good things to include are:
- Bill numbers (ex: S123)
- Bill sponsors (ex: sponsored by Senator Smith of Lexington)
- Recent action (ex: which was recently adopted by a 12-7 vote by the House Education Committee)
- Likely action (ex: which is scheduled for consideration by the Senate Labor Committee next week)
Provide a return mailing address and phone number, even if you are sending an e-mail.
Most legislative and congressional offices will gladly accept e-mail or fax correspondence but will only reply by U.S. Mail. Make sure you provide them the necessary information to respond to your concern.
Say thank you!