Making contact with those who will eventually decide about your cause is often useful. In Germany and Austria, we ask for statements once the openPetition quorum has been reached and thus, encourage a transparent dialogue between citizens and politicians. These statements are a good opportunity to find out which politicians oppose your cause and which ones support it. Also, it can be observed which delegates support an open hearing in the parliament. If your petition is set in a different country that Germany or Austria, we are not able to provide the service of asking for politicians’ statements yet.
Also, with non-political decision-makers such as central stakeholders in economy or culture it is worth communicating with before the decision about your petition and to exchange information or raise attention for your petition together.
ASK FOR A PERSONAL SUBMISSION APPOINTMENT
Make contact with the decision-maker via email and ask them for a personal appointment to submit your petition. In the email you state how many signatures have been collected and explain what exactly your demands are. Make sure to use the correct name for the delegate.
If a submission is agreed you should definitely file a press release and inform journalists - openPetition is happy to assist you with that.
If no appointment for a submission can be agreed upon, ask your supporters for help and contact the decision-maker via twitter, email or send a letter. If many supporters tag the decision-maker in a post or tweet asking for a personal submission, you can generate pressure. Also, an individual hashtag used by all supporters can help to spread the cause and eventually get through to the decision-maker.
You managed to get an appointment? Here is our advice for the perfect submission.