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Hi <<First Name>>,

The dramatic events in Wisconsin this week demonstrate the calamity that could occur in November if we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the state, the Democratic governor implored the GOP legislature to move the primary date to June. The GOP legislature refused, meaning that people would have to choose either to vote and risk their lives or stay home and lose out on making their voice heard.

Our elections work is primarily focused on turning voters out to the polls to remove Trump from office. If fears of contracting COVID-19 persist into November, people will have to make a terrible choice balancing their personal health with the future of our country.

The thing is, this doesn't have to be a choice at all. Several states already conduct all mail-in ballot elections. In fact, the Democratic version of the economic aid package that passed two weeks ago included a provision requiring all states to move to a mostly mail-in ballot format for November.

Our position is that Democrats should demand that any future aid package include funding and requirements for states to move to a mostly mail-in ballot format. If Republicans are willing to spend trillions of dollars to save the economy, they should be willing to spend billions of dollars to save our democracy. And that's what we're telling our elected representatives this week.

Thank you and good luck!

Chris Pickett

Sen. Cardin

D.C. office: 202.224.4524
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Sen. Van Hollen

D.C. office: 202.224.4654
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Rep. Sarbanes (district 3)

D.C. office: 202.225.4016
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Rep. Trone (district 6)

D.C. office: 202.225.2721
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Rep. Raskin (district 8)

D.C. office: 202.225.5341
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Below is our script for the week. Not everyone likes to read from the script, and that's OK! For those not adhering closely to it, the underlined parts are some key points that you should try to work into your discussion.

Remember!
  • Always say your name and the city and zip code you are calling from.
  • Discuss one issue per phone call or email. If you want to discuss multiple issues, it's best to make multiple calls/emails.
  • If you get a busy signal, that means your colleagues are doing a good job of sending our message. Try to call back later, call a different day, or send an email.
Script
Step 1: Hi, I'm [NAME] and I live in [ZIP CODE]. I'm part of Indivisible Montgomery and I'd like to leave a message.

Step 2: I am concerned that COVID-19 will still be prevalent in November, meaning that going to a polling place to vote could risk our health. Several states already have all mail-in ballot elections, and the Congress should provide sufficient funding for all 50 states to do the same in the next coronavirus aid package. Will the [Congressman/Senator] demand any future aid package contain provisions that ensure the 2020 is safe and secure?
After-hours activism
Some of you aren't able to make phone calls or send emails during the workday. That's fine! You can still make your voice heard either by calling the office and leaving a voice message or by sending an email. These are still effective ways to get our point across, and you should take the time to do it!

Federal employees
If you are a federal employee, you still have the right to make your voice heard as a constituent. However, there are a few restrictions you need to pay attention to. This article has some helpful information on how to be an activist while being a federal employee. You are part of an important constituency with an important viewpoint. Exercise your rights to make your voice heard!
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