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Apps Make Pestering Congress So Easy That It Can’t Keep Up | WIRED

(WIRED) , January 29, 2017 — DONALD TRUMP IS now president, and Americans are flooding Congress with pleas and protestations. They’re anxious about the fate Obamacare, the future of the environment, and the president’s cabinet nominations. How are they expressing their anger, fears, and hopes? Email. Lots of email.

Take Pennsylvania Democratic senator Bob Casey. He reportedly received 50,000 letters and emails opposing the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education. But it’s not just the election that’s driving citizens to press “send.” The volume of email sent to Congress has been growing for years. According to the Congressional Management Foundation, constituent correspondence to the Senate increased by 548 percent between 2002 and 2010. Once upon a time, emailing your elected representatives meant navigating a maze of creaky web forms. Today tools like Countable and Democracy.io make it trivial to send a message to your representatives. 

How are Americans expressing their anger and anxiety over the Trump administration? Email. Lots of email.

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