KwikLetter is an app that allows citizens to deliver printed letters to their public representatives from their phones.

1819 News CEO and host of 1819 News: The Podcast Bryan Dawson sat down with KwikLetter creator Jim Hicks to talk about what inspired him to create an app to help Americans voice their concerns to the government.

Dawson and Hicks were joined by Alabama Unfiltered host Allison Sinclair.

Hicks, who grew up in Mountain Brook and graduated from the University of Alabama Birmingham with a degree in computer science, started KwikLetter after he witnessed the women’s protest following the 2016 election.

“That march just kind of bothered me because we have a friend in New York that went to it,” Hicks said. “We talked to her, and she said she took a two-hour train. She took one day off from work and goes to D.C., so I’m thinking that’s why the East Coast has so much dominance in Washington D.C. They can go protest. They can take one day off from work. I’ve been to D.C. It took me twelve hours to drive.”

Hicks wanted to create a tool for people who don’t have the time or means to travel and protest to still have a way to get their point across to their legislators. 

KwikLetter allows its users to write to any legislator, even those that don’t directly represent them in Congress. But it also uses the user’s address to determine their legislators on both the federal and state levels, giving them quick access.

When a user writes a letter with KwikLetter, KwikLetter takes care of the delivery and return address, greeting, closing and signature. It then prints stamps and ships the letter through the U.S. Postal Service within the next business day.

You can find KwikLetter on the App Store or Google Play. You can also visit their website here.

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