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 voting rights restoration.

Hello. My name is [Name], from [City/Town]. I’m calling to ask [State Official] to support [Bill #], which will restore the right to vote to thousands of citizens in our state. Research shows that civic participation helps people who have been incarcerated return to our communities, rather than our prisons. Further, as citizen of [State Name], I am deeply concerned that restricting the voting rights of people who have completed their sentences disproportionately excludes the voices of communities of color and low-income communities. [State Name] must work to expand access to our democracy and encourage participation from all citizens in our political process, because when some voices are excluded, we all miss out. 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 voting rights restoration.

Hello. My name is [Name], from [City/Town]. I’m calling to thank [State Official] for fighting to pass [Bill #], which will will restore the right to vote to thousands of citizens 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 help people who have been incarcerated return to our communities, rather than our prisons, by restoring their right to vote and engaging them in our democracy. [Bill #] is especially important for communities of color and low-income communities, because restricting the right to vote for formerly incarcerated people has a disproportionately negative effect on these communities. 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.