When joining a new community, it can be tough to figure out where to ask questions, provide feedback, or help out. Don’t worry! As long as you’re respectful and follow our Code of Conduct, we’re happy to have you!

Here are some guidelines regarding the best way to get in touch or contribute. Do note that Open States is a volunteer-powered project, and all of the core developers have day jobs; we’re excited to talk to you, but it may sometimes take a bit of time to get back to you.


Want to ask a general question, have a conversation, or keep up with the community?

The best place is our Discourse Forum. This is the main place for Open States discussion. The core team and many other contributors are present there, and we’re usually able to answer questions in a timely fashion.

Have a private or financial question, or a security concern?

Email; only the administrative team can see these.

Have you found an error or issue in the Open States data?

File an issue on our bug tracker. And before you do, quickly check whether anyone else there has already reported the same bug.

Have a technical issue not related to the data itself?

Try to find the appropriate repository in our GitHub organization, and file an issue there. For example:

Want to contribute to the project more regularly?

We also have a private Slack that we can invite you to. If you’re interested in an invite, introduce yourself in an email to

Discouraged Methods of Communication

Please avoid using these channels to get in touch with us:

Personal email addresses of Open States developers

Please respect our boundaries & refrain from contacting any of the developers directly, unless we ask you to do so.

Twitter (or any other social media)

We mainly use the @openstates twitter account to make announcements, and don’t have the resources to provide technical support or other feedback on Twitter.