Political candidates will only fight for democracy reform only if you and I hold them accountable. Common Cause is an interesting spot – we do not endorse candidates in any capacity. Because of this, representatives and volunteers from Common Cause have ears of folks in all parties and ideologies to make change. Especially in an age of a pandemic where nearly everything is digital, we need all the help we can get to pressure them.
The number one reason why candidates respond to Our Democracy 2020 survey is because voters have asked them to. This survey puts candidates on the record so, if elected, we can hold them accountable to democracy reforms they’ve promised. Some candidates only need to hear from a few voters – and some will need to hear from many. That’s where we need your help.
STEP 1: Join our Action Team.
Now, more than ever, we need to be organized online so we can safely hold our representatives accountable. Join our action team digital headquarters by going to www.commoncause.org/joinslack , create an account, and then join our #birddogging-squad channel. Here, we’ll post day by day opportunities to reach out to folks, go over our targeted representatives, and build a campaign plan to accomplish the big democracy reforms we’re pushing for.
Step 2: Build Public Attention
Candidates and their staff read their local papers to see what’s on voters’ minds in key states and races. One of the most effective tactics to get candidates’ attention is to write to the editor to your local paper about Our Democracy 2020 survey. Our simple tool will set you up with all the information you need, and connect you directly with the papers in your community.
Step 3: Engage candidates:
The more that candidates hear from voters like you, the more likely they will take action quickly. The easiest step you can take is emailing, calling, and tweeting at your candidates to urge them to complete the survey — and once you’ve done that, find creative ways to further pressure them. Maybe you know someone who volunteers for their campaign, or when their next online event is where they’ll be taking questions from the public. You can get started by seeing which of your candidates have gone on the record!