There are times when it's necessary to call your legislator at the Capitol to make a last-minute appeal on an impending vote.

In that case, you'll be calling the Capitol switch board to leave a message. That number is 605-773-3251. You won't be connected directly with your legislator, so it's important to plan what you'll say ahead of time.

As with any other meeting or communication with your legislator, politeness is key. Remember to include the following things in your message:

  1. Who you're calling: You'll need to know which Senate district and House district you live in and the name of the legislator you're trying to contact.
  2. What you're calling about: State the House bill number or Senate bill number you're calling in reference to and what action you'd like your legislator to take (ie. "please vote no on HB XXXX!")
  3. Say thank you!​​