Can Social Media Help Get Our Voices Heard On Capitol Hill?

The new web site says it can help you influence your representatives by speaking to them directly and voicing your concerns. You can rally your friends and neighbors, converse and share positions on issues and points of interest in your community, state and the nation.

With the current state of the union in turmoil due to strongly opposed positions on national and state budgets, you may feel frustrated with our inability or ineffectiveness in communicating with our elected officials. You might wonder how a new web site called ElectedFace.com allows its members to effectively influence our representatives.

The new web site says it can help you influence your representatives by speaking to them directly and voicing your concerns. You can rally your friends and neighbors, converse and share positions on issues and points of interest in your community, state and the nation.

The free site offers a database that includes almost every elected official (excluding elected judges), library of current issues, bills and pending legislation. I searched out my representative on Capitol Hill and discovered her religion and age. She was born the same year as my mom! Of course, those aren’t the real issues. So, I looked deeper, viewed her active legislation and found it worthwhile.

“ElectedFace was created to allow the public to question all of the actions of their elected officials in an easy, civil and non-confrontational environment. Our site allows you to participate in a forum where all of your neighbors can see what you are saying to the elected officials and what the elected officials are saying to you,” states Richard Glanton, President of ElectedFace.com. “Social media has been a game changer in politics around the world; we believe it can do the same in America, too, with the right platform.”

ElectedFace will also allow you to take weekly surveys, search on issues, chat live with registered public officials and educate yourself on bills and current legislation. The social media site will ultimately allow you to voice your opinion and become part of the change that is necessary to build a better community, state and nation.

Sounds like a pipe dream? I often wonder if our representatives really listen to us. If ElectedFace does its job, the site will tell us if they are listening to us. With so many hot topics and current issues at hand, including the recent budget crisis that almost shut the government down, it is important to let the elected officials know our stance. And hopefully, they will turn an ear and hear what we have to say.

Even if you have never been involved in politics, ElectedFace offers you the education you need in order to know what is going on. Like Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Then, you have the ability to make educated choices, no matter what your political affiliation. Hopefully, it will encourage every registered voter to join, weigh in on issues that matter, talk to each other and take advantage of direct links to each and every elected official in our areas.

I am going to keep an eye on this site and see how it works. Perhaps a case study would be helpful for us to understand how social media can be more effective in getting our voices heard on Capitol Hill.