Script for calling your representatives

When you call a Senator’s office:

Good morning/afternoon! I’m [NAME], and I’m calling about the Voter Empowerment Act, Senate Bill 3304, which would enact automatic voter registration here in New York. Does Senator [LAST NAME] support the bill?

When you call an Assembly member’s office:

Good morning/afternoon! I’m [NAME], and I’m calling about the Voter Empowerment Act, Assembly Bill 2278, which would enact automatic voter registration here in New York. Does Assemblymember [LAST NAME] support the bill?

When he/she supports the bill:

That’s great! I’m calling because I believe we need a voting system that is modern, secure, and accessible to every eligible American. This bill would make our voter rolls more accurate, save money, and make it easier for millions of New Yorkers to vote. I’m glad to hear that the Senator/Assemblymember [LAST NAME] cares about our voting rights like I do. I hope he/she will make a strong statement in support of this bill, and work across the aisle to pass it.

When he/she opposes the bill:

I’m sorry to hear that. We need a voting system that is modern, secure, and accessible to every eligible American. This bill would make our voter rolls more accurate and secure while reducing costs, and making our voter registration system more efficient. In New York, there are over 4 million citizens not registered to vote - that’s about 1 in 3 eligible voters. Six other states have enacted automatic voter registration with support from both Republicans and Democrats and it’s saving taxpayer dollars in those states, not to mention improving and securing their voting systems.

I hope the Senator/Assemblymember will reconsider his/her position and co-sponsor, or at the very least support the Voter Empowerment Act. Please take down my contact information to let me know if anything changes. I hope the Senator/Assemblymember does the right thing.

When he/she dodges or has no position:

That’s disappointing to hear--this is a very important issue. We need a voting system that is modern, secure, and accessible to every eligible American. In New York, there are over 4 million citizens not registered to vote - that’s about 1 in 3 eligible voters. This bill would help bring these people into the political process. It would also make our voter rolls more accurate and reliable, reduce costs, and make our voter registration system more efficient and less prone to human error. Six states have enacted automatic voter registration with support from Republicans and Democrats, including Alaska, West Virginia, Oregon, and California. New York should be next.

I hope you’ll pass along my concerns to the Senator/Assemblymember. And I hope to see him/her co-sponsor, and at the very least support, the Voter Empowerment Act soon. Please take down my contact information to let me know if anything changes. I’m eager to hear what he/she decides.