Take Action

You can take a lot of different actions in your community to help expand access to the ballot. In Hawaii, for example, a group called Kanu Hawaii went door-to-door passing out voter registration forms and educating their friends and neighbors to help increase voter turnout.

Actions can be as simple as calling your state’s elected officials or as complicated as turning people out to attend an event. You could:

  • Call your state legislators or organize a phone banking event;
  • Circulate a petition among members of your community;
  • Send a postcard to your elected officials;
  • And more!

The materials listed below can help you get started taking action in your community.

Remember: we’re here to help. If you’re mobilizing in your state, let us know!

 

Calling Elected Officials

Fill in the blanks below for a script to use when calling state officials (such as state legislators or the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Secretary of State) and expressing your support for same day registration.

Hello. My name is [Name], from [City/Town]. I’m calling to ask [State Official] to support [Bill #], which will implement same day registration in our state. Of all the voting rights reforms, same day registration has had the most consistent success in increasing voter turnout and engaging thousands of eligible voters. States like Wisconsin and Minnesota that have used same day registration for over 40 years have some of our country's highest voter participation rates, and states that begin using same day registration experience immediate growth in voter turnout. [State Name] must join them in expanding access to our state's democracy and encouraging participation from all citizens in our political process. Thank you.

 

Fill in the blanks below for a script to use when calling state officials (such as state legislators or the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, or Secretary of State) to thank them for championing same day registration.

Hello. My name is [Name], from [City/Town]. I’m calling to thank [State Official] for fighting to pass [Bill #], which will implement same day registration in our state. As a citizen of [State Name], it is very important to me that everyone in our state has access to our political process, and I appreciate [State Official]'s work to engage thousands of eligible voters and increase voter turnout in our state. Of all the voting rights reforms, same day registration has had the most consistent success in promoting strong civic engagement, and I encourage [State Official] to continue supporting [Bill #], standing for all the communities in our state, and protecting all our voices in the political process. Thank you.

Phone Banking in Your Community

Phone banking is a great way to talk to people in your community about same day registration. Follow these key steps to organize a successful phone bank, and check our sample script below.

  1. Choose a location that has everything you need. Make sure you have access to phones, places to charge mobile phones, materials for keeping track of your calls, and necessities like bathrooms and parking for your volunteers.
  2. Recruit volunteers. They can be your friends, family, and neighbors, people from your church or your workplace - anyone who wants to help protect your state’s democracy! Make sure to send out reminders before the event so they know where and when to show up.
  3. Prepare materials ahead of time. You will need:
    • Call lists: Pull names and phone numbers from petitions you’ve circulated, organizations in your coalition, or groups in your community (i.e. church, parent-teacher associations, etc.).
    • A call script: Fill in the blanks in the sample below for a script that your volunteers can use while making their calls.
    • Snacks! If your location allows it, make sure to bring refreshments for your volunteers.
  4. Help your volunteers get to know each other! Encourage volunteers to introduce themselves and talk about why they are volunteering before you begin.
  5. Keep a record. Write down who you’ve talked to, who supports same day registration, and who wants to get involved with the campaign.
  6. Debrief. At the end, take the time to reflect with your volunteers and talk about highs, lows, and ways you can improve.

 

Sample Script: Fill in the blanks below for a script that your volunteers can use while making their calls.

Hi! My name is [Name]. I’m from [City/Town], and I’d like to talk to you about same day registration. Do you know what same day registration is?

Same day registration is a program that allows people to register and vote at the same time on Election Day. To make sure our voices are heard, we need to register as many people who are eligible to vote as possible, and same day registration is simple, convenient, and consistently successful in engaging more people in our democracy.

Sample questions:

  • Do you support same day registration for [State name]?
  • Would you be interested in joining the fight to pass same day registration in our state?
  • Would you be interested in receiving email or mail updates on our campaign to pass same day registration? [If yes, record contact information]
  • Would you be interested in contributing to our campaign?

Sample Action Alert

Fill in the blanks below for an email action alert. You can also share action alerts on facebook and link to the alert on twitter.

Subject: ACTION NEEDED: [Action Name]

Body:

Dear [Name/Friend],

Our state's democracy needs you! Join activists from all over [State Name] in the fight for same day registration, a program that allows people to register and vote at the same time on Election Day. It's simple, convenient, and the most consistently successful way to engage new voters in our state.

At [Time] on [Day of the Week, Month + Date], we are gathering together to [Include a short description of your action, i.e. "attend public hearings to testify on behalf of our communities about the need to expand access to voting for all"]. Together, we can modernize our antiquated election system and transform voter registration from a barrier to a gateway to our state's democracy.

Can we count on you? RSVP today in the form below!

[Link to an online form or survey*]

Forward together, not one step back!

[Organization/Campaign Name]

*Online forms include Google formsSurveyMonkey surveys, and more. Make sure to ask for names, phone numbers, email addresses, and street addresses, which can be helpful for other actions and petitions, as well as any logistical information you need. For example, if you will be serving food at an event, you should ask for details like preference and dietary restrictions.

Sample Petition

Fill in the blanks below to create a petition for members of your community to sign. Keeping track of contact information from people who have signed your petition can be helpful for organizing other actions, such as events and phone banks.

Remove Barriers to Democracy with Automatic Voter Registration

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to gut the Voting Rights Act, and anti-voter restrictions on the state level, same day registration is a significant step forward in the modernization of our voting registration process. [Bill #] creates a simple, convenient path to engaging every eligible citizen in our democracy. 

This bill would allow citizens to register and vote at the same time on Election Day. 

Similar legislation has been in place in a growing number of states since Minnesota, Maine, and Wisconsin passed same day registration in the 1970s. Since then, the reform has proven to consistently boost voter turnout by at least 10 percentage points in states that use it, and states that implement same day registration have experienced immediate increases in voter participation.

We urge our legislators to take a stand for democracy by supporting [Bill #] and bringing same day registration to [State Name]

Signature:

Print Name:         

Phone:         

Email:

Address:

Sample Sign-On Letter

Fill in the blanks to create a sign-on letter for organizations, advocates, and activists to express their solidarity and support for automatic voter registration measures in your state.

Dear [Lawmaker],

We, the undersigned [organizations/constituents], write in support of [Bill #], which provides for same day registration in our state. As organizations dedicated to promoting a fair and accessible democracy, we strongly support passage of this critical piece of legislation. 

Same day registration takes meaningful strides to simplify voter registration and increase access to the ballot box for our communities, transforming the voter registration process from a barrier to a gateway of civic engagement.

Several states already use same day registration and so should [State Name]. Similar legislation has been in place in a growing number of states since Minnesota, Maine, and Wisconsin passed same day registration in the 1970s. Since then, the reform has proven to consistently boost voter turnout by at least 10 percentage points in states that use it, and states that implement same day registration have experienced immediate increases in voter participation. [Bill #] features many provisions that are considered best practices for enacting and implementing same day registration and will position our state as a leader in election modernization and reform.

We urge you to pass [Bill #].

Sincerely,

[List Organizations]

Writing to Elected Officials

Fill in the blanks below for a sample message to a state legislator. When you have finished, handwrite the message, and encourage your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and other members of your community to write their own notes and postcards.

**Collecting and sending handwritten notes or postcards to elected officials is an important tactic for showing legislators that you and your fellow activists feel strongly about passing same day registration and that many of their constituents consider the health of your state’s democracy a priority.**

 

Dear [State Legislator’s Name],

My name is [Name], and I am from [City/Town]. I am writing to ask you to help pass [Bill #], which will implement same day registration in our state. Same day registration will simplify the registration process and help people in my community register and vote more easily. As a citizen of [State Name], it is very important to me that everyone in our state has a voice, and [Bill #] will help ensure that as many eligible people as possible have access to the ballot box.

[Optional: include a personal story about why this issue matters to you!]

Sincerely,

[Signature]