#AVRinMA Update & Action Plan: 4.20.18

 


This is an update for activists working on passing MA H.4320, and those who want to jump into help do so.  We seem pretty close!  The Senate's on board, we've got 90+ Democratic House supporters, c. 25 GOP votes, and momentum from the other states that have recently passed AVR.  Right now, the bill, which was favorably voted out of the Joint Committee on Elections on Feb 7, and endorsed by Secretary Galvin (a coup), has been referred to the Ways and Means Committee.  No money needs to be allocated for AVR this year, so this seems pro forma, but we do have a cost study in the works. 

The goal now is to eliminate undeclared, and more importantly, to get supporters (especially those in leadership positions) to ask Speaker DeLeo to bring H.4320 to the floor for a vote.  We'll begin our push for this after the budget talks conclude at the end of this month.  

Here's what we need from you now: 

  • Call now and make another appointment to talk to your Rep, in person and in district, if possible -- for sometime AFTER May 1.

   

 

  • If you know how to schedule Tweets, do so for May 1.  Tweetdeck is a good program to use.  Use hashtags ∫#AVRinMA, #mapoli, and tag @SpeakerDeLeo 

 

   

 

 



We're on hiatus until the budget gets dealt with.  In early May, we
will be starting up again with a flood of phone calls to ask legislators
to ask Speaker DeLeo to put this bill up for a vote.  Meanwhile, the bill
is sitting in the Ways and Means Committee.  If your legislator happens
to be on this committee, make a call and encourage them to ask
Jeffrey Sanchez to make this their first priority after the budget.


The Ways and Means Committee:

Jeffrey Sanchez, Chair   --  Stephen Kulik, Vice Chair

 
 Secretary of State William F. Galvin with LEV founder Joyce Hackett (right of the sign) and members of the Election Modernization Coalition.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin with LEV founder Joyce Hackett (right of the sign) and members of the Election Modernization Coalition.

 

LET'S GET LOUD!  

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU, IN BRIEF: 
    (scroll down for details)


Call your Rep, using our scripts as a guide.  And have a postcard party, using our postcards and messages!  Write your Rep, the leadership, the Holdouts, and the Ways and Means Committee.  

Let's make some noise! 

 
 

First: GET THE INFO YOU NEED.   

 

 

COSPONSORS/SUPPORTERS:

Call and tell the you're happy that Sec'y Galvin's endorsed AVR!  And ask them to do what they can to help H.4320 get out of the Ways and Means, and up for a vote!  

Working up to an ask this big takes some finesse, so there's a sample script below to use as a guide. 

After you've had the conversation, amplify it by having a postcard party, and using our #AVRinMA and #mapoli hashtags, and tagging @SpeakerDeLeo.  More HERE.

UNDECLAREDS:

Say you're calling about H.4320, Automatic Voter Registration.  Say: I've noticed you didn't co-sponsor AVR.  Why is that?  Listen to what they say, and repeat their concerns.  Then ask: So what would you need, to be able to announce your support for this bill? Keep in mind, a lack of declared support doesn't mean opposition. it may be due to inattention, or confusion, or business.  The sample script below will help you.

If you secure your Rep's support, let us know!  

 

 

 

Next: HELP US CONNECT WITH FOLKS IN THESE DISTRICTS.  
You know someone in or near one of these towns.
Actually, you do.  Look again.

 

 

LEADERSHIP
(#1 priority)

PAUL DONATO 
Medford, Malden

RON MARIANO
Holbrook, Weymouth

TACKEY CHAN
Quincy

JOE WAGNER
Chicopee

BOSTON
Angelo Scacia - Hyde Park

LOWELL
DAVID NANGLE - Lowell
Coleen Garry - Tyngsborough

NEW BEDFORD AREA
Carole Fiola - Fall River, Bristol

NORTH / NORTH SHORE
Joe McGonagle - Everett
Jerald Parisella - Beverly
RoseLee Vincent - Chelsea, Revere
Thomas Walsh - Peabody  
 

METROWEST
Danielle Grégoire - Marlboro,
Northborough, Westborough
Stephen Hay - Fitchberg, Lunenberg   
Jonathan Zlotnik - Ashburnham, Gardner, Winchendon, Westminster

QUINCY & SOUTH
Bruce Ayers - Quincy, Randolph
Claire Cronin - Brockton, Easton
Gerard Cassidy - Brockton
Willam Driscoll - Milton, Randolph
  
SPRINGFIELD/CHICOPEE/LUDLOW
Michael Finn - W. Springfield
Thomas Petrolati - Ludlow
Bud Williams - Springfield

 

Finally: AMPLIFY SUPPORT AND CHALLENGE HOLDOUTS
with Postcards and Social Media



(CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW.) 


EXTRAS: STUFF YOU CAN SEND TO PEOPLE

 

 
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JOY'S TWEET OF TWEETS

 
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FAMOUS POLS PRAISING AVR 

 
 
 

L+E+V AVR
BASICS FLYER

For people who've never
heard of AVR.

COMMON CAUSE FLYER

Graphics.  Most comprehensive about the mechanics of how AVR. 
A good one for legislators. 

LEAGUE OF
WOMEN VOTERS
FACT SHEET

Nice checklist, easy to read.