Add Specificity to your Letters
Here are some links that I use to add specificity to many of my letters:
The first link - States Ranked by Population - helps give perspective to a State’s population relative to the US. FOR EXAMPLE, Michigan is ranked #10 in the country. But the first 9 states account for 168 MILLION people! And Michigan is only slightly larger than Los Angeles County alone, with a population of 9.8 million. To calculate a state’s % of total US population, just divide the state population by the US total of 327,533,795.
The second link - about Metropolitan Areas - is useful when writing lawmakers in medium to large-sized blue states. It’s a bit tricky because the metro areas frequently cross state lines (i.e., Portland, OR-Vancouver, WA). I only mention metro areas that fall exclusively within the state.
The Top Industries List offers some surprises about each state. It supports the argument that we benefit from the EC’s requirement that successful candidates gain support from multiple regions of the country, as opposed to just a few heavily populated urban areas.
I like to use the State's Nickname at the beginning of a letter. It’s friendlier.
The fifth link is from the National Popular Vote website. While I hate their product, their website is GREAT. It reveals their arguments and provides useful data to battle the Compact.
On a regular basis be sure to check the KEEP Our 50 States Website. The Status in the States page keeps tabs on not only the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, but also each of the legislative efforts that a number of States are now taking to combat the dangerous NPVIC scheme.
A decade ago when I first learned about the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, I knew I needed to work hard against it and help inform lawmakers about the pitfalls of this Agreement among a few States.