#AVRinMA: Latest Update: August 6: The bill's on the governor's desk waiting for him to sign it. Tell Governor Baker: Please sign the AVR bill, H.4667!
The House and Senate have agreed on a version, and now we're waiting on what's called "enactment votes" -- each body now needs to pass the agreed-upon version. As soon as that happens, the bill should go to Governor Baker's desk. Meanwhile, contact Governor Baker!
When AVR came out of ways and means, its # was H.4667.
AVR passed the Massachusetts House 130-20, and the Senate, 38-0! All Democrats in both chambers unanimously voted yes, and Republicans joined on both votes.
Governor Baker, too, has indicated a willingness to sign it with a few minor changes. Unfortunately, the House refused to adopt the Senate's revision the bill. So H.4667 now sits in a resolution committee right now. But we've got great, productive members in this committee, and we are hoping for a resolution THIS WEEK.
The bill sits in the Ways and Means Committee. Know any of its members? Here are some talking points:
Implementation costs are low. A study of three AVR states published by Common Cause revealed that each implemented AVR for under $500,000.
Our federal grant HAVA money (MA has $43M in an account, an elections modernization grant from the Help America Vote Act) — will pay for it.
With a January 1, 2020 implementation, no money need be allocated this year.
Voters are looking to protect democracy this year, and AVR would be a feather in the cap of every incumbent.
AVR's got tons of support: a 65-group Coalition of groups, behind it; Galvin's endorsement; the Clerks' OK; the Senate's on board; and lots of support in the House, where only 18 House Dems have NOT said they support this bill. That's huge.
LET'S GET THIS PASSED BY PRESSING EVERY AVR SUPPORTER TO ASK SPEAKER DELEO TO BRING IT UP FOR A VOTE!
WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE
- Thomas P. Walsh
- Robert M. Koczera
- Thomas M. Stanley
- Sean Garballey
- James Arciero
- Brian M. Ashe
- Tricia Farley-Bouvier
- Russell E. Holmes
- Josh S. Cutler
- Mary S. Keefe
- David M. Rogers
- Alan Silvia
- Daniel Cullinane
- Carole A. Fiola
- Daniel J. Hunt
- RoseLee Vincent
- Evandro C. Carvalho
- Carmine L. Gentile
- Carlos González
- Joseph W. McGonagle, Jr.
- Rady Mom
- Paul Tucker
- Adrian Madaro
- Gerard Cassidy
- Todd M. Smola (Ranking Minority)
- Angelo L. D'Emilia
- Donald R. Berthiaume, Jr.
- Nicholas A. Boldyga
- Kate D. Campanale
- Shawn Dooley
- Timothy R. Whelan
- Donald H. Wong
Here's How to Help
1. Make an Appointment to talk to your Rep.
PREPARE FOR THE CONVERSATION - WITH THE AIDE, AND THEN, WITH YOUR REP..
- You'll talk to an aide when you call for an appointment, so be prepared to teach/sell the aide on AVR, by browsing our teaching materials before you call.
- When you call, get a basic idea of where your Rep stands, and whether they're publicly supporting AVR. Most Republicans remain undeclared, but some support the bill. Only 18 House Dems haven't declared their support.
- Try to understand the nuances. A good way to do this is, to leave a message first, so that the aide will prepare. Say you want to know where the Rep stands on AVR and you'll be calling back. Your goal is to push information, and assess the nuances of their position. Is your Rep:
- SKEPTIC (So what are their concerns?)
- UNDECIDED (Just start selling the bill, it probably slipped under their radar.)
- SUPPORTER (They might say "I have no problem with it," or, "If it comes up, I'll vote yes.")
- CHAMPION (They are actively taking steps and spending some political capital to help get this bill passed, and they really believe in its merits.
IF YOU GET AN APPOINTMENT FOR A MEETING...
- Bring a friend! We're happy to brief them.
- Send your Rep the link to our video, below, 2-3 days before the meeting.
IF YOU CAN'T GET A MEETING, YOU CAN...
- Ask for a phone appointment
- Go to a public event you know they'll attend.
- Write a handwritten letter.
Send out some postcards! We'll GIVE them to you.
Learn more on our AMPLIFY PAGE.
IN THE MEETING:
LIMIT YOUR ASKS
The more bills you bring up, the less impact you'll have on each.
DON'T BE ADVERSARIAL
Bottom line, it doesn't work. Encourage, praise and charm.
SAY YOU'LL FOLLOW UP - AND FOLLOW UP!
- The lobbying effort doesn't end when you leave the office. It ends when you get the action you want from your Rep.
2. Amplify with a Postcard Party!
Click on the image to get the whole scoop on where to buy/download them, what to write, to whom.
YOU CAN ORDER OURS, PRINT OURS OUT, OR WRITE YOUR OWN. But stay on message, using the bullet points on our Postcard Party Page.
If you need help buying them, we'll give them to you.
A great way to be effective when your Rep is already enthusiastic, and has promised to talk to Speaker DeLeo, is to recruit other activists. Find one person a day and give them their Rep's number. All they have to say is, "I support AVR and want my Rep to help advocate for this bill!"
USE SOCIAL MEDIA
- Use #AVRinMA, and #mapoli on Twitter. Our front page has a bunch of stories you can tweet!
- Join our Facebook Group, Lift+Every+Vote and share our posts with your group!
SEND YOUR REP'S AIDES ONE OF THESE FLYERS.
COMMON CAUSE MA FLYER
Graphics. Most comprehensive about the mechanics of how AVR. A good one for legislators.
LEAGUE OFWOMEN VOTERS FACT SHEET
Nice checklist, easy to read.