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Your Message: The Science of Countable

by Countable | 4.26.17

One great question we sometimes get from the amazing Countable community is this:

"So, you're delivering my message to Capitol Hill. Where does it go? And what does it look like?"

While we don't actually hand-deliver your messages (but watch this space!), it does require serious nerd-power to make sure your voice is heard. The Countable platform automatically formats all communications, and directly links to the Congressional communication system, so that it's as easy as possible for your representatives' offices to receive and log your messages. Therefore, contacting lawmakers through Countable is really simple and really effective. Here's what happens next.

Every time you go to a Countable bill page and hit yea or nay, we immediately send that vote to your representatives. When you vote on a bill currently in the House, we send it to the Member of Congress who represents your district. When you vote on a bill before the Senate, we send your vote to your state's two Senators.
Here's what they get:

Dear [Your Lawmaker],  

I am a voter in your district. I support the legislation H.R. 1446. I encourage you to vote for it. Thanks to Countable, I will be receiving updates on how you vote on this and future legislation.   

Sincerely,   [Your name]

Next, no matter the issue, your thoughts and opinions are also critical, and you can choose to share those with your friends and social networks -- as well as with your representatives in Washington, DC.

When you do, here’s what that looks like in your lawmaker's inbox:

Dear [Your Lawmaker],

I am a voter in your district. I Support the legislation H. Con. Res. 36, "Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby."

Personally I feel like this bill shouldn’t be such a big deal. It’s for the kids! Let them have some fun!

I urge you to vote for it.

Sincerely, [Your Name]

It's especially exciting when members of the Countable community receive responses from their lawmakers. Here are a few we’ve highlighted on Twitter.

And remember: your representatives work for you! So let us know if they respond, and we'll highlight your message and their response.

-- Jason Weingardt

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  • Mary
    04/26/2017
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    Countable, Thank you for all you do, including helping me be heard. Keep up the good work, and thanks for the details about this communication system.

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  • MichaelHernandez
    04/26/2017
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    Thanks to countable we now have an app capable of notifying the public of what our government is doing. They are working to keep us safe. This app needs to be installed on every phone of America. Even the voiceless can have a platform here. Keep up the good work!

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  • Ingrid
    04/27/2017
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    Countable, you are commendable & remarkable, and yes, my Congress-folk do pay attention : I have had several responses from Angus King, and a few from Susan Collins and one from Bruce Poliquin. SO glad you are doing what you do - please don't stop!!

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  • Mindful
    04/27/2017
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    Great work deeply appreciated. Have only had response from one Senate legislator locally, so far. Glad to hear you do pass on my 'critiques' to my legislators here in O'Fallon, MO.

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  • Shannon
    04/27/2017
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    Awesome! Thank you so much Countable!

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  • Pru
    04/27/2017
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    Thank you for clear representation of issues, and ability to communicate with reps and other citizens.

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  • Judy
    04/27/2017
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    Thank you for making the ability to be heard much more accessible than years ago.

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  • Paula
    04/27/2017
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    Thank you for this app and all you do for us. I have only received a response from one of my senators and nothing from my representative in the house. So I know they are getting my votes but not all want to participate I guess.

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  • NanceinNJ
    04/27/2017
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    Good to know. Your app Rocks!!!

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  • Julie a
    04/27/2017
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    Countable, please create a form on our individual home pages, where we can message any of our representatives about whatever subject we wish. Please!

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  • Red
    04/27/2017
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    Countable provides a uncomplicated conduit connecting the American public with their elected congressional representatives and senators. Now all we can do is hope the recipients are respectful enough to react in favor of the electorate rather that political party dogma.

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  • DiploMatt
    04/27/2017
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    Thanks Countable Team, for helping to shed light on Government actions and to give those who want it, a voice!

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  • DrCindyBean
    04/27/2017
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    Do not mess with our health care. Keep ACA. Fund ACA. Stop the political crap and pay attention to citizens. ----Keep ACA. Fund ACA. Keep ACA.

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  • HawaiiChris
    04/27/2017
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    I love this app. It helps keep me informed and allows me to conveniently get my message to my representatives. I consistently receive responses from my Hawaii Reps, especially Senator Brian Schatz. They are on it.

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  • Jeanne
    04/27/2017
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    Thank you Countable. I receive e-mail letters from my Senators' offices on these issues.

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  • Christine
    04/27/2017
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    Thank you, Countable for helping make our voices heard! I know that I can open my app and you have organized what is going on and summarized what is up for vote. I enjoy the more educated responses of your users. I'm not relying anymore on what I read on fb. Some of the news and remarks are harsh and unreliable. I am so appreciative for the hard work that you do for the American People.

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  • OutofMyoma
    04/27/2017
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    Dear Countable. Thank you thank you thank you thank you... you get the picture. You really do.

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  • Susan
    04/27/2017
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    Countable, would you consider allowing an option to put our zip code or zip plus 4 after our signature? Thanks!

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  • Abbi
    04/27/2017
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    We should probably call too. People get tired of their inbox. They rarely get hand written letters anymore too so sending those will get noticed. Everything helps.

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  • Chuck
    04/27/2017
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    I love getting the emails saying My message was delivered and I know they get them because they write me back about bill's I forgot I responded to!

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