Write a Persuasive Letter to a Government Official • Letter Templates and Guide

Guide

1State the details of the issue and your position on it.
2Give evidence to back up your position.
3State what you feel the reader should do about the issue. Depending on the topic, it may be worth using an emotional appeal to call the reader to action.
4Close with a final plea for your approach or solution to the issue. You may want to state what benefits will come from following it.

Tips

Make your stance clear from the start, backing it up with convincing evidence or reasons why the reader should accept your opinion. Logical arguments combined with emotional appeals work well. Don't overstate your position or use inflammatory expressions, or the reader will not take you seriously. If you expect a response, ask for one.

Example Letter #1

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Tax reform is once again high on the nation's agenda. May I briefly voice my strong support for far-reaching, comprehensive reform? Specifically, I support simplification of the tax code by (1) eliminating inequitable loopholes, (2) establishing a flat-rate income tax, and (3) ending excessive withholding practices.

I hardly need to cite the advantages of reform. To the vast majority of our citizens, these are so obvious that not a single advocate (on either the right or the left) can be found for preserving the status quo. Never has the will of the nation's electorate been so unanimous on an issue of such importance. Isn't it time to seize the moment?

A deciding factor for me during your last campaign was your commitment to tax reform. Please do not slacken in your reform efforts. Continue to vigorously pursue the reform you promised. I look forward to a future in which the calculating and paying of taxes is efficient, straightforward, and, above all, fair.

Example Letter #2

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I have read your position on the proposed city ordinance that prohibits an X-rated theater in Springfield. I disagree with your position and the proposed ordinance.

Surely you realize such an ordinance would violate fundamental principles of free speech. It is not that I advocate pornographic films; rather, I respect an American's constitutional right to choose the movies he or she views. A government that regulates what citizens may view risks falling into an Orwellian abyss by repressing fundamental rights granted to each American by God and by the Constitution.

Besides, the citizens of Springfield will never support such a theater. Let the theater open. Let the entrepreneur fail. Let him go bankrupt. And let the principle of freedom of speech remain uncontested.

Example Letter #3

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I am pleased to see you are living up to your campaign promises on the issue of traffic improvements. There are far too many individual traffic situations needing attention to enumerate them all, but I would like to draw your attention to a particular intersection. The corner of Main and Center streets in Springfield is fraught with danger for the dozens of grade school children who cross these streets every day. Without a traffic light and crosswalk there, it is only a matter of time until tragedy strikes. Please pay special attention to this situation before the new school year starts. Your constituents will thank you; their children will thank you.

Write Your Letter Step-by-Step

1

State the details of the issue and your position on it.

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2

Give evidence to back up your position.

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3

State what you feel the reader should do about the issue. Depending on the topic, it may be worth using an emotional appeal to call the reader to action.

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