To get reliable information, voters might have read newspapers in print or online. Some might have attempted to read the legalese within specific bills if they could find them on the U.S. House or Senate websites. In turn, newspapers would subscribe to expensive services like Roll Call or Congressional Quarterly to offer briefs on bills in motion each week, including their local congressional delegates’ votes on each.
To reach out, voters would write a letter, call, or email. Advocacy groups and special interests have made it their practice to build email lists in an effort to generate petitions and letter-writing campaigns in favor of their agendas.
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