LEGISLATIVE

ADVOCACY
Partnering with Your Legislators
to Improve Election Integrity

Legislative Advocacy
Education
1

• Preparation

2

• Professionalism

3

• Partnership

‘Fraud-Friendly’ Election Laws &
Procedures

Same Day Registration

No verification of address at time of registration (or when issuing driver’s
licenses)





Failure to cross-reference state voter rolls with other states

No verification of citizenship at time of registration (or when issuing driver’s
licenses)

Not requiring photo voter identification at the polls and with absentee ballots
“No excuse” voting by mail or universal voting by mail
Unsolicited mailing of absentee ballots
Laws that MAY be followed (optional) rather than SHALL be followed
(mandatory)

Outline Possible Solutions
Make a list of voter fraud/
election integrity issues

 Cross-reference with current
State Election statues and
federal election law, where
applicable.

Outline possible solutions or
revisions to current statutes

 Get input from Local and State
Elections officials
 Check legislative records to
see if similar changes have
been proposed in past
 Research similar
legislation/statutes in other
States

Outline Possible Solutions
Prioritize legislative issues
based on potential impact and
likelihood of passage.

Research and prepare written
summaries of each targeted
legislative issue

Based on your available
resources, narrow your focus
to the issues you can
effectively advocate.

 Current Election code pertaining to

Prepare a summary of
legislative recommendations to
share with representatives at
the beginning of the session.

the issue
 Specific Voter Fraud/Election
Integrity problem(s)
 Proposed legislative solution(s) –
be specific
 Include specific examples,
references, and sample legislative
language from other States’
statutes or legislative advisors

Your
Your
Representative
Representative
ss
Information
Information
on
on Bills
Bills
The
The Legislative
Legislative
Process
Process

State Legislature
Websites

State legislature’s websites house a goldmine of
information. Find your state’s website at
www.truethevote.org, click on ‘In Your State’ then
choose your state for access to various resources.

Use Your State Legislature’s
Website

Meet Your Legislators
Action

Notes/Tips

Find a Directory of
State Legislators

Make note of leadership of both chambers,
Committee Chairs and members

Meet your State
Senator,
House/Assembly
Member & Staf

A constituent always has the most
influence with their legislators

Build & Maintain
Relationships

Find like-minded legislators who may be
willing to sponsor your proposed
legislation and champion election integrity
causes

What You Need to
Know…
Schedule


When does Legislature meet?
What are timetables and deadlines

for bills to be submitted,
considered, and approved?

Leadership

Committees

Who sets the agenda?

Which have jurisdiction over
elections laws?
Who are Chairs/Members?

Legislation

How does a bill become a law?

Identify & Recruit
Bill Sponsors
 Determine which legislators may be most
supportive of your goals
 Make appointments to meet with legislators

Get to know STAFF

Bring printed materials to leave behind

FOLLOW UP with all people you speak with

 Offer legislators a PARTNERSHIP to achieve the
goal of improving election integrity
• Be prepared to provide research
• Support proposed legislation by testifying at
Committee hearings
• Mobilize citizens to contact legislators to generate
awareness and media coverage

Testify at Committee
Hearings
Committees are where bills live or die – many
bills don’t make it out of committee.

 Know hearing dates/times/locations, procedure
for getting on witness list, time limits, # of
handout copies

 Prepare notes for your oral testimony
 Be professional and concise
 Anticipate the opposition
 Follow up with committee members
immediately following hearings

You Have Influence!
Take advantage of all opportunities
to influence legislation…
Be a positive force for change
Be a resource for legislators & staf
Provide research
Testify
Ofer evidence and new information
Stay focused on your elections-related
legislative agenda
 Keep your organization informed & engaged





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