Visit, write, phone, e-mail or fax your elected representatives. Urge them to put election reform back at the top of the legislative agenda for the 107th Congress. To easily reach your Members of Congress by phone, call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. The White House can be reached at (202) 456-1414.
Work in coalition with groups at the state and local level. With over 1500 election reform bills pending in state legislatures, and associations of state and county elected officials calling for strong election reforms, there are myriad ways in which you can press for reforms at the state and local level. In particular, the NAACP, League of Women Voters, and ACLU have active state and local chapters. Consult their websites for information about their local chapters and their involvement in the issue. Another idea is to link up with student groups at area colleges and universities.
Hold a town hall meeting or forum. Plan a program about voting rights and election reform. Invite elected officials, professors at a local college, religious leaders and members of the synagogue and community. Target teenagers through schools and the youth group, and get support from political organizations on local college campuses. Consider having your rabbi serve as moderator. A panel discussion or a town hall format would work well for this type of event. Make sure to invite the media by sending out press releases.
Mitzvah Day. If your synagogue hosts a Mitzvah Day or synagogue-wide social action event, this is an opportunity for activism on election reform. Design a postcard calling for a Member of Congress or President Bush to endorse particular election reform bills. Hold a letter writing or phone banking campaign. Tap into the different synagogue constituencies by allowing the men?s club, sisterhood, youth group, senior citizen?s club and temple board to organize different phases of the program.
Organize a Voter Registration Drive. This can be done at your local synagogue. This may be more of a summer and fall project, but a great way for the disparate groups within the synagogue (Men's Club, Sisterhood, senior's group, youth group) to work together.
Contact the Religious Action Center. Contact Susan Paykin, Legislative Assistant at (202) 387-2800.
Last Updated August 9, 2001