SO YOU SAY YOU WANNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
(And that starts with a committee)
A great way to make a difference in a cohesive way, is to form a committee of like-minded people that have the same goal you do. In the example below, we have once again used election integrity as our guide.
A. Identify Your Issue
Once you have determined you want to take action, and you have identified your ‘Issue”, you are ready to contact others and form a group. Make sure your action/idea is as narrow as possible. Things will come up along the way which will broaden it, which is why you want your scope as narrow as possible. As an example, our committee wanted to focus on getting election laws passed. Along the way, we saw other bills like the one to limit the governor's power during times of emergency. Though not directly election integrity, it could, and did, have an impact in elections so we also called our representatives about that. In addition, we saw a need for a manual, a catalogue of helpful websites, and ideas to share and use so we created that. Again, not an election integrity bill, but a necessary component.
B. The Group
Start with contacting friends and family you know support your concern about voter fraud and laws in Texas. After that, call your local Republican chairman and ask for names of people who would be interested. Or ask them to put it in an email or newsletter to contact you. Once you have more names, set a date for a meeting.
At your first meeting set up who will be the chairman and the secretary and if anyone has a specific role they would like to fill. Chairman: Sets the meeting dates, chairs the meeting, and tries to keep everyone focused on their tasks and support those with other ideas or actions they want to take on. Might also send action alerts for members to call senators, read an article, etc. The chairman will also reach out to other groups and discuss what their committee is doing so they can join or emulate as their club decides. Finally, the chairman will keep in contact with local Republican leadership for updates and information. Secretary: Takes the minuets at the meetings and sends it out to all the members Contact Admin: This person keeps emails and contacts up to date for the newsletter editor, chairman and everyone on the committee Others: Other members can spearhead other areas or act as the very important support and people who take the directions form the meeting and implement them. This can also break into a subcommittee. Possible Newsletter Editor: It’s a good idea, after you have met a few times, to have a newsletter with information about upcoming legislation, interesting articles, or events the Republican party is planning. It should also have contact info for committee members, representatives in congress, and other pertinent contacts, etc. All members should feel free to ask questions in an email, or at the meeting as well as supply articles information or concerns about our country. In addition, members should always try to find more volunteers to work with the committee, with elections or other areas that need the Republic’s attention. Another subcommittee can be formed for different tasks or issues including notifying and watching bills and laws at a federal level.
D. Get Going
Once you have met and established a rapport, begin pinpointing your actions. Calling on a bill? Holding a fundraiser? Assign duties as people are willing and able to do. Follow up with the secretary sending out the minutes so that everyone has a clear memory of what was said, when the next meeting will take place and what actions need to happen.
It’s important that your group keeps records of what actions were taken and everyone is informed of what the committee is doing as a whole. This way, when one cause is “conquered” the same formula can be implemented as everyone already knows what to do.
Sample Scripts Contacting Your Representative
Supporting A Proposed Bill
I’m Sally Patriot from Bandera County and I’m calling to let you know of my support of Bill 1234. It is important and passing or supporting this measure will help ensure election integrity. Thank you for listening and again, I support Bill 1234 and expect you will as well. (if there are supporting bills you’d like to see in this bill, or also passed, address that here) Please also look at Bill 4567 as support to this bill. I would like to see them incorporated into Bill 1234 or passed as standalone bills. That would make Bill 1234 even more effective and are just as important. Now, is there anything I can do for Rep/Sen Smith?
Thanks again and have a great day!
Supporting A Bill that has already passed
Hello, I’m Sally Patriot, I am calling to thank you for supporting Bill 1234. I really appreciate you fighting for Texas and this bill. I know you get a lot of calls and I appreciate that you are standing strong on this issue. Clear and common sense laws
are important and is something that is not partisan, and we can all get behind. We voters in Bandera County have your back (or support you wholeheartedly). Know that we will always support you in laws which strengthen the voices of Texas like Bill 1234. Keep up the fight!
Opposition to a Bill
Hello, I’m Sally Patriot from Bandera County and I wanted to bring to your attention Bill 9696 which I oppose. (now state one or more reasons why you oppose the bill, keep it to 2-3 sentences) If you can find a quote to support your claim, do so such as “I am reminded of the Founding Fathers who said “Necessity is the plea of every infringement of human freedom. it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”
Otherwise end with stating another bill that you do support that is in opposition. If there isn’t one, close your conversation with:
Thank you for listening. I will be watching to see how support for Bill 9696 unfolds and your voting on it as well as contacting others to voice their opposition as well. I appreciate your time and attention. Have a good day.