Representative democracy is great, but sometimes as a citizen you want your voice to be heard inbetween elections. One way to do that is to contact your representative. Should you want to do that, here is some advice:
The right representative depends on the issue you want to reach out about.
For local issues, your mayor, governor can be appropriate. You will find their contact on your state’s website. For instance, if you’re trying to reach out the governor of North Dakota, you can go on nd.gov and from there follow a couple links to reach https://www.governor.nd.gov/ where you will find a phone and fax number at the bottom of the page.
For federal purposes, you are represented by two senators determined by the state you reside in, and by a representative based on the congressional district you live in (if you are not in a State, you are represented by a non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives). You can find your senators on the senator list, and your representatives on the House website.
One of the best way to contact your representative is through a phone call. It’s very hard for them to ignore a phone call.
If you want to take your time to elaborate your thoughts or are uncomfortable calling, written form can be more appropriate. In this case, your options are email, fax and snail mail.
It seems that the more effort you put in, the more likely your demand will be considered:
The amount of work you put into your letter also counts. Snail mail gets considered over FAXes which get considered over emails. Killing trees matter.
Explain why you are contacting your representative in a few short paragraphs. Explain who you are and why you support or oppose the bill. Always keep the tone polite, even if you disagree with your representative’s current position. You should be clear, concise and positive. Make sure you have a good knowledge of the subject and also of the representative you are trying to contact. Knowing their voting history can make a difference.
Faxing is not sexy, but sometimes you need it. With Genius Fax, we try to make this experience as smooth as possible.
We are excited to let you know that Genius Fax is now available as a web app. If you happen to be at your desk when you need to send or receive a fax, you don’t have to switch to your mobile phone anymore.
Genius Fax for the web follows the same philosophy as our apps: reliable, easy-to-use, clean and fast. Let us know what you think!
Winter has arrived in Paris, the grizzlies don’t hibernate, but work in their den. We’re happy to release Genius Scan 4.1, our Winter Edition.
The tagging system we released in Genius Scan 4.0 was visually beautiful, but lacked some convenience. Genius Scan Winter Edition addresses this with the following improvements:
If you’re a lucky owner of an iPad Pro, Genius Scan will resize properly on your giant screen.
If you’re not the lucky owner of an iPad Pro (you’re not alone), we’ve added full support for Split View which means that you can use Genius Scan while multitasking:
We also wanted this update to feel more comfy (for the winter…) so we took advantage of several iOS features that make the iOS experience better:
We hope you’ll enjoy this update. We are looking forward to your comments, please do email us!
There are better ways to spend time in life than to do paperwork. We designed the latest update of Genius Scan with this perspective in mind and we are excited to make it available to you today, for both iOS and Android.
About 6 years ago, we launched the first version of Genius Scan which made life easier for millions of you. No need to own a scanner anymore, no need to walk to the copier in the office anymore, no need to go back to the office after a business trip to scan important documents. The scanner is in your pocket.
Today, we take it a step further by making scanning documents twice as fast!
We achieved that by reinventing the scan flow:
Genius Scan 4 will save about 25 years of humanity’s time each year!
Given how many documents are scanned with Genius Scan, these changes will save more than two years of people’s life every month! Obviously, we love scanning but there are better things in life to do!
In every way, Genius Scan 4 is better than ever:
Genius Scan keeps the clean look you love, but the user interface has been refreshed for faster access to most features.
Previously, Genius Scan would only let you modify your scans right after snapping the photo. That’s a thing of the past now: you can change the cropping area and the enhancement applied to your scan at any time.
Adding a tag is much faster and requires less taps. You can now filter your documents with multiple tags (eg. “expenses” and “travel”) in the main search field. No need to open the side menu anymore.
That’s a feature for power user, but you might be one without knowing it. Smart Document Names let you name your documents with flexibility.
You can now create multiple smart document names and you will choose which one to apply when saving. Patterns can be such as [date]-Expenses or [latitude]-[longitude]-measurement.
Smart Document Names can include a prompt when saving the document. Say you scan a document for a customer, you can use a [customer name prompt]-file smart name, and when you save the document you will be able to enter the customer name in the text field.
The Upload History is now directly accessible from the main screen. It lets you access your previous exports even if you hadn’t saved the scans in Genius Scan.
A new build would not be a new build without bug fixes. While Genius Scan 3 was already rock solid, we’ve fixed dozens of small bugs and annoyances.
We are also excited to announce that Genius Scan for iOS and Android are now on par feature-wise though each of the two apps has been carefully crafted for its platform.
All in all, we are tremendously excited about Genius Scan 4, the new opportunities it opens and particularly the time it’s going to save for our users. We are looking forward to your feedback, please do email us!