Thank you for Your Support & Let’s “Finish the Job” on Freedom to Vote Act!

Thank you for attending the Friday, September 17th action in support of Freedom to Vote Act with Leagues and other nonprofits across the country! About 50 local residents turned out to our virtual, “Finish the Job” rally to campaign for voting rights.

Here are resources so we all can continue to make individual calls and send emails to Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office and Senator Padilla’s office to urge them to finish the job by passing the Freedom to Vote Act quickly, and to demand that they let nothing, including the filibuster, prevent them from getting the job done.

Letters to send to Senators Feinstein and Padilla on their websites or email:

Dear Senator _______ ,

I want to thank you for your support of the For the People Act and urge you to do all that you can to ensure the Freedom to Vote Act becomes law. As you know, there were hundreds of rallies across California and the country happening in support of this bill on September 17, 2021. 

If passed, this act will counter the provisions in laws in states such as Georgia and Texas aimed at allowing partisans to overturn lawful elections. It establishes safeguards against local election officials being removed for partisan reasons and makes it a felony to intimidate election workers. It will, in federal elections, override new local voter-restrictive laws in states. 

This transformative piece of legislation enables all voters to request mail-in ballots and ensures that enough drop boxes will be available and accessible for all voters. It also requires states to offer at least 15 days of early in-person voting, to register eligible voters automatically with their driver’s license. The bill will also offer election-day registration and make Election Day a holiday. 

The act protects and expands ballot access for millions of Americans, especially those who are often targeted by anti-voter laws — voters of color, voters with disabilities, formerly incarcerated voters, women voters, young voters, and elderly voters. Same Day Registration protects Americans who fall through the registration cracks and offers an important avenue for more voters to participate. It ensures that the largest number of Americans can exercise their constitutional right to vote. 

In addition, the bill sets standards to constrain voter-registration purges and addresses inhumane legislation in places such as Georgia that prohibit people from providing water or food to voters waiting in long lines. 

If passed, the Freedom to Vote Act will require paper ballots in every state to ensure that vote counting is hacker-free and subject to reliable recount. It will allow local election officials to apply for grants to purchase updated and secure voting equipment. 

The measure will require for the first time that candidates and their election committees report to federal authorities any foreign contacts seeking to contribute to or coordinate campaign efforts. It will curb the gerrymandering used to maintain power in disproportion to the popular vote. And last, but certainly not least, the bill will help moderate the dark-money political contributions that tilt laws in favor of the mega-wealthy.

The Freedom to Vote Act is the bill the American people want and need to make the promise of democracy real for us all. I strongly urge you to do all that you can to see to it that this bill is passed.

Thank you,

__________

Scripts to use when making calls. Their numbers are also listed on their websites:

Phone Scripts:

For Feinstein:

I want to thank you for your support of the For the People Act and urge you to do all that you can to ensure the Freedom to Vote Act becomes law. The act is the bill the American people want and need to make the promise of democracy real for us all. I strongly urge you to do all that you can to see to it that this bill is passed.

For Padilla:

I want to thank you for your co-sponsorship of the Freedom to Vote Act and urge you to do all that you can to ensure that it becomes law. The act is the bill the American people want and need to make the promise of democracy real for us all. I strongly urge you to do all that you can to see to it that this bill is passed.


Contact:

Feinstein senator@feinstein.senate.gov

Padilla senator@padilla.senate.gov

See LWVUS CEO Virginia Kase-Solomon’s statement on the Freedom to Vote Act.

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