Postcard Parties: A Fun Way to Make a Difference!
Make your own, and send them to the address below with the name and room # of the Representative, filled in. (Room #s are on the chart.) Or order ours from Vistaprint. Ours have the address template already printed on the back.
CONTEXT. The names are in order of importance. If you can only send a couple, send a couple to DeLeo and, If your own Rep is not a co-sponsor, they shoot to the top of the list. Send as many postcards as possible signed by actual people in your district. Beg your neighbors to sign them. Then, work your way down the list of names, which are in order of importance. The messages are tailored to the Speaker or Rep, and to their AVR status. The address for ALL House Reps is:
Representative [NAME], State House, Rm. ____ | 24 Beacon St | Boston, MA 02133
Step 1: Speaker DeLeo: the single most important postcard.
Speaker Robert DeLeo
State House, Rm 356
24 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02133
MESSAGE: Please put H.2091 up for a vote! (Plus:)
We LOVE H.2091, Automatic Voter Registration!
We’ll all be grateful to you when AVR passes so please, make this your top 2018 priority!
Please, Speaker DeLeo, be our AVR superhero!
Hands down, H.2091, Automatic Voter Registration will be the best bill of the year.
AVR makes the rolls secure and accurate and this is a top priority for ALL voters.
I was happy to get fallen arches from the many hours I spent
registering voters, but if the State of MA can maintain the voter rolls, and make them more secure and accurate, I’d like to retire!
All eligible voters on the rolls, only eligible voters on the rolls: AVR is a dream come true!
Step 2: Democratic NON-co-sponsors of AVR.
CONTEXT. The House AVR bill, H.2091, is closed, but the Senate version, S.373, is still accepting co-sponsors - including Reps from the House. Your ask of all non-cosponsors: Please sign on to co-sponsor S.373.
Start with your Representative. Is he/she a co-sponsor?
If NO: ask as many neighbors as possible to send as many postcards as possible. And, to call.
Sign your name and address to each so the Rep. knows they're sent by people in their district.
If YES: Send a thank-you card from Column 3, and...
Postcard all 46 Democrats who aren't (yet) cosponsoring AVR.
MESSAGES to add to the request to cosponsor S.373:
Secure and fair elections are important to us.
AVR produces rolls that are secure and accurate, maintained at cheaper cost. And it could register almost 700,000 eligible voters!
With all the hacking, we need to secure our voter rolls NOW.
AVR helps taxpayers, voters, and State agencies. How many bills do all that?
AVR's passed in 10 states, plus DC. Let's make MA #11!
AVR is how every other country in the G20 maintains its voter rolls. We need to modernize.
Democracy works best when everyone has the chance to participate.
Step 3: Thank Co-Sponsors, especially in leadership positions.
CONTEXT. This is more important than you think. 6,000 bills get introduced every session, and even among those a legislator supports, the squeaky wheel gets the grease!
We love you for cosponsoring AVR! Please, champion this bill in 2018!
Thanks for co-sponsoring AVR! And please, make it your top 2018 priority!
Step 4: Challenge the Republicans, and ask why they're not supporting AVR
CONTEXT. Here are some arguments to make with Republicans:
#1 AVR prevents tampering. Securing our voter rolls is a bipartisan issue. And fair elections are important to us all.
#2. AVR prevents fraud. Right now, our voter rolls are so sloppy that voters could potentially duplicate vote. AVR cleans them up, eliminating almost all inaccuracies.
#3. AVR = ONLY eligible voters. AVR also better precludes non-citizens from being registered, because the State agencies sending over voter contact data have a far higher level of documentary proof.
#4. AVR cuts down on bureaucracy. The State's now collecting voter contact data 2, 3 or 4 times, and AVR cuts down on red tape and bureaucracy.
#5 Our voting systems are old. This modernization has been adopted by every country in the G20 but us.