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The AoC Checklist features clear, well-researched actions for Americans who value democracy, equality, voting, and decency. We are a big tent for all people who want a kinder, flourishing nation.

This Week’s Actions

Action 1: Strengthen voting rights.

Source: Brennan Center

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Contact: Your two senators and your one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], calling to ask you to pass S.1/H.R. 11, the Freedom to Vote Act, in order to strengthen voting rights, end partisan gerrymandering, and reduce the influence of dark money on election campaigns.


Action 2: Restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act.

Source: League of Women Voters

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Contact: Your one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] to ask you to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 14). This bill restores and modernizes key provisions of the historic 1965 Voting Rights Act which were removed by the Supreme Court in 2013. It will protect the rights of all voters, especially people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community. Thank you.


Action 3: Restore voting rights for 3.5 million Americans.

Source: Brennan Center

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Contact: Your two senators and your one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP], calling to ask you to pass S. 1677/H.R. 4987, the Democracy Restoration Act, to restore voting rights to the nearly 3.5 million formerly incarcerated Americans disenfranchised by laws that disproportionately affect people of color.


Action 4: Expand availability of voting materials in non-English languages.

Source: Democracy Docket

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Contact: Your two senators and your one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m a resident of [ZIP] who believes that all voters should be able to cast their ballots in the language they speak. I am asking [NAME] to empower participation in democracy by supporting S. 2960/H.R. 5295, the Expanding the VOTE Act, to fund expanded translation of voting materials. Thank you.


Action 5: Make voting easier for anyone who changes their address.

Source: Democracy Docket

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Contact: Your one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] to ask you to support H.R. 5290, the Voters on the Move Registration Act. This bill would make it easier for voters to re-register to vote if they move residences by including voter registration information on leases and mortgages. Thank you.


Action 6: Support voting rights for young Americans.

Source: The Civics Center

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Contact: Your two senators and your one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m from [ZIP] reaching out to ask you to cosponsor the Youth Voting Rights Act, [S. 2985/H.R. 5293], which would address the unique barriers facing young voters by requiring colleges to provide voter registration and on-campus polling places. It would also require every state to accept student ID as an acceptable form of voter ID, and allow voter pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds. Can I count on you to support the voting rights of young Americans?


Action 7: Prevent long lines at the polls.

Source: Democracy Docket/Center for Common Ground

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Contact: Your one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] about long wait times at polling places, which disrupt voting access and are most commonly experienced by Black and Latino voters. The People Over Long Lines (POLL) Act (H.R. 5291) would amend the bipartisan Help America Vote Act of 2002 by adding provisions to minimize wait times at polling places. Can I count on you to strengthen voting access by cosponsoring this bill?


Action 8: Provide workers paid time off to vote.

Source: Democracy Docket/Center for Common Ground

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Contact: Your one House representative (look up).

Script: Hi, I’m contacting you from [ZIP] to ask you to cosponsor and pass the Time Off to Vote Act (H.R. 5322). This bill will require employers to provide at least two hours of paid leave to cast a ballot, establishing a federal standard instead of the current state-by-state patchwork of rules. Can I count on you to guarantee paid time off for working voters?


Action 9: Get new voters the ID they need to vote.

Source: Spread the Vote

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Requiring voter ID creates an unnecessary barrier to voting. Even when states provide free ID, the documents needed to obtain one costs significant time and money. Because of this, “over 21 million U.S. citizens do not have qualifying government-issued photo identification, and these individuals are disproportionately voters of color.” Fortunately, Spread the Vote addresses the ID issue head on by assisting Americans to get their IDs, vote, and participate fully in their communities. $30 puts a new ID in your neighbors’ hands.

Donate: to Spread the Vote (If you do, mention that you’re from AoCC!).


Action 10: Be ready to vote in the 2024 elections.

Source: Rock the Vote

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Start 2024 by making sure you can vote in the 2024 elections.

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11 Comments

  1. AoC – All the actions this week but one require contacting my representative, senators or both. I know they are all supportive of these actions and it’s a waste of their or their staff’s time to submit these. Is there no one else that ould use a deluge of support for these actions?

    • Hi Marcia! Thanks for asking this question — we get it a lot. Here are some things to consider: U.S. elected officials of both parties listen most not constituent concerns but to their donors. In fact, their time spent on fundraising versus meeting with constituents is a 4-to-1 ratio. In addition, Congress currently has the fewest subcommittee meetings to collaborate on issues and bills than at any other time in U.S. history. Collegiality is gone. Partisanship and polarization are at an all-time high. Whether they agree with our views or not, calling our elected officials is our duty. Calling, emailing, or writing a post card puts them on notice that we don’t expect them just to *hear* our concerns, but to actually do the job for which they are elected. Until we can overturn anti-democratic Citizens United and campaign funding issues, the best thing we can do is call our Members of Congress. There’s no fast-track out of the current mess. It takes a conscious restoration of collaboration and respect at every level of government. It takes all of us reminding our MoCs of their responsibility that contributes to change. I believe strongly that if we don’t use our representative democracy, we will lose it. I hope you’ll keep at it with us!
      Warmly,
      Jen Hofmann
      AoCC Executive and Creative Director

    • Marcia: I am in the same…happy…situation as you are. In New Hampshire. Also, I am 86 y.o., so limited in what I can/dare to do, such as volunteering to drive folks to the polls. However, I believe that everything we do counts, so I donate to the candidates I like, here and elsewhere, put flags and stickers on my car and in the yard, write letters to the editor of the local newspaper (which are not always published) and support any efforts which come along which I can manage. Perhaps a very occasional letter to your Senators and Representatives expressing your appreciation for their service would help. I have received postcards of support from party members, but they are preaching to the choir, but it’s an option. I know of (distant) parties organized to do post card writing… Happy New Year to you; it promises to be a looong year!

    • I’ve also been told that even if I am contacting my rep about something they already support, it is still useful because at that point it becomes more about them having evidence that people really do want this legislation that they can show to others. Congresspeople and staffers talk amongst each other, and they will hear about what others’ constituents are saying.

  2. I often use the “please contact your rep/senators” as a “Thank You for Supporting…” email prompt. I think they hear so often negative responses – positives that are all about “keep it up” and “I appreciate your keeping on top of this” really let them know they are representing their constituents!

    • We couldn’t agree more, Eileen! What a great approach. That’s honestly why we started including “Acts of Gratitude” in the Checklist too. Positive feedabck and encouragement help generate more of the same! Thanks for speaking up!

  3. Is it more effective to contact my congressional reps on each one of these issues or can I write a single letter stating my concern about voting rights and ask them to support/co-sponsor specific bills?
    Thanks

    • Hi Sandy! In the interest of time, it’s usually easiest to put them together. However, if you call your MoCs’ offices, you can ask their staff how they prefer to receive constituent feedback. Thanks for asking!

  4. Anyone else joining in on the “all actions all year” resolution train? Just completed all 10 actions from this first Checklist of 2024! Onward, friends 🙂

  5. 1. Are you still
    producing regular “thank you” ideas? I could use some.
    2. Call vs. handwritten letter? Any difference in impact?
    Appreciate the checklist! Seems like one action a day works fine.

    • Hi Alice! Yes, the Acts of Gratitude section will be back on January 19th. This week’s checklist is focused exclusively on voting actions due to our focus on 2024 elections. Fear not, they return next week. 🙂 Regarding *how* to contact, all approaches (postcard, call, email, etc.) are effective, though a hand-written compliment often goes to the top of the pile. Note: Letters in envelopes should be sent to local offices for quick processing. If sent to congressional addresses in D.C., letters must be opened by a security team to ensure safety, creating a delivery delay. If you want to write to a D.C. address, we recommend using a postcard instead. Thank you for speaking up!

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