Contact Your Rep
CONTACT YOUR REP
ATTEND A Let NY Vote COMMUNITY EVENT
Share your Voting Reform events and actions on our Community Events Calendar.
DROP IN AT YOUR DISTRICT OFFICE
As a constituent, you can drop into the district office any time to talk to your representative's staff.
- Ask to speak to the District Director about NY voting reform.
- Prepare your personal story about why voting reform is important, and how it will affect you, your family and your community.
- Ask your rep's positions on our 5 Let NY Vote reforms. Will they actively work to pass meaningful reform this year? Follow up by email or phone if they don't have an answer, or let them know you'll be back for the answer.
Leave behind our one-sheet with our Let NY Vote reform suggestions.
TALK TO YOUR REP AT A LOCAL EVENT
Check your representative's website or call to see when they'll be at events in your community. Have 1 to 2 polite questions prepared to ask about Let NY Vote reforms.
- "Which of the 5 Let NY Vote reforms do you support?"
- "Which do you think has the chance to pass this year?"
- "Will you actively work to ensure this becomes law, not just a one house bill?"
To persuade them, don't embarrass them. Be prepared to talk to the press about your concerns. And always share on social media #LetNYVote @LetNYVote.
Write a letter to the editor or op-ed
Your local paper and media - free weeklies, neighborhood papers, etc. - are generally happy to receive submissions. They're a great place to inform your friends and neighbors about Let NY Vote, and to get a message across to your representative (they check for their mentions!) that people in their district care about voting reform.
Host an action party
Use this action party guide to help plan an event. Get snacks, prepare a playlist and have a great time!
- Draft a sample letter or phone script in advance, and find the address and phone number of your rep.
- Gather paper, envelopes, postcards, pens, markers and stamps if writing letters.
- Share what you've learned about NY election reform or browse our website together.
- Get a bell and have people ring it when they finish each letter.
- Write to friends in NY and tell them about Let NY Vote.
Take photos and share images and stories on social media tagging @LetNYVote, your rep and #LetNYVote.
WRITE A LETTER TO A FRIEND IN AN IDC DISTRICT
The IDC is a group of Democratic State Senators who vote with Republicans and have been instrumental in blocking voting reforms. Use this sample letter to friends in IDC districts - from Upstate to Long Island to NYC - and ask them to speak to their reps about this important issue that all parties should agree on.
Lobby your rep
Your reps work for you. So get a couple of friends together and go pay your rep a visit. Tell them that you want to see Voting Reform laws passed this year.
Use this lobby guide with tips for scheduling a meeting and lobbying your rep, and a pre- and post-meeting checklist.
GET YOUR community INVOLVED
No one knows your community like you do, so bring them into this conversation! Pass out the Let NY Vote one sheet, table at a local event, have people sign our petition or write a letter. Reps take action when they hear from constituents. Make some noise!
Host a town hall
This town hall guide includes a checklist and sample agenda to get your planning started.