Washington Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler will reach out to her constituents during the two-week congressional recess. But, like some of her colleagues, the Republican Clark County congresswoman won’t be meeting them in person but by phone. It’s her second with that format in recent months.

Carolyn Long

Washington State University political science professor Carolyn Long said call-in town halls have become common for some representatives, especially as the political climate has become more polarizing. But Long added the trend could cause issues.

“Constituents want to feel a connection to their elected representatives,” she said. “If they’re not seeing them, if they’re not in a situation to shake their hand or talk to them directly, I think they start to feel ignored.”

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