We are launching a monthly newsletter to help you take full advantage of all that VoterVoice has to offer. In our inaugural edition, you can find:
- State Legislative Sessions Are Winding Down
- Hosting A Virtual Fly In?
- 13 Months of Advocacy Returns + More
- Selected FiscalNote Blog Posts
This session season has been unprecedented (and surreal); we hope you are doing well and staying safe!
As some sessions wind down, we want to make sure you have all the resources you need to successfully reach out to your advocates and to Elected Officials. Below is a list of our most popular topics clients ask about this time of year:
Creating an Advocacy Campaign
Not all sessions are over! In fact, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Nebraska, and Tennessee are expected to reconvene in the next few weeks. Furthermore, it is likely new legislation related to COVID-19 will be passed on the federal level which impacts almost all of our clients. Whether you want to target a specific chamber, party, committee, and more, we have a few different options to create an advocacy campaign here.
Adding/Updating Your Contact List
As sessions wind down, we strongly recommend that you take a look at your contact list. Are there any bad emails? Do you need to contact your supporters so they can quickly update their information? Learn how to update your contact list here.
Engage Membership Outside of Major Legislative Issues
We are almost halfway through 2020. Now is a great opportunity to engage your membership with a survey to get their feedback on your issues, understand how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted them, or simply learn more about them.
Looking for ideas for structuring your survey? Our webinar recording around the “5 Key Traits” may help!
Creating and Using Email Templates
Email templates make it easy for you to reuse content and send out a nicely designed email to your advocates. Before sending a Call to Action email, you will need to select a template. If you want to review or update your templates, email the support team and they will be able to help you.
You can learn more about email templates here.
Score Officials Based on Voting Record
Often used in sports and business, scorecards note the improvement or lack thereof of a player, team or institution. This same logic can apply to elected officials. During this time of year, some organizations seek to align their advocates with how officials voted on important legislation. Setting up a scorecard allows you to look back at the session and hold legislators accountable. We have an article that go through how to create a scorecard here.
Not sure how to score legislators? Review our webinar presentation related to scorecards.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, in-person meetings are being canceled, but officials and staff are still engaging with various organizations and the public virtually. To help you with this, we put together a 7-step plan for you to run a virtual fly-in here. Sneak preview below!
Learn how The Arthritis Foundation converted their in-person Hill Day into a digital day of advocacy here.
The education series designed to help make year-round advocacy possible for you was derailed by the Coronavirus pandemic, but we are excited to announce that it returns in June with a focus on Petitions. See more updates below:
- Small Group Trainings - Based on your feedback, we made a few changes to align with your needs. Moving forward, on the first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month, the training focuses on our advanced-level tools: searching for bills, scoring officials on votes, and organizing a fly-in
- 13 Months of Advocacy. June’s task of the month is focused on Petitions. In the near future, we are going to be updating the month-by-month plan, as the Coronavirus pandemic impacts our recommended tasks.
- COVID-19 State Legislature Session Tracker. Our research team has been updating adjournment dates, reconvene dates, and more as soon as we find out new information. We recommend bookmarking it.
Want to catch up on some overall best practices, as you transition to a new normal? View webinar recordings here!
Our marketing team has been writing some valuable content on our blog. Some of our favorites include:
- 5 Ways Public Affairs Has Changed. Possibly Forever. For those focused on the impact of policy, the "new normal" is more than just working remotely. Learn from our resident expert how the Public Affairs world is changing.
- Communicating Priorities with Lawmakers During COVID-19 . The challenges of forwarding your agenda to lawmakers right now are considerable. Luckily, there are multiple tactics and tools you can use to make sure your voice is heard.
- Budget Interruptus: States’ FY2021 Spending Plans Diverted for COVID-19 Emergencies and Healthcare. For the first time ever, all 50 states are under federal disaster declarations simultaneously, meaning Fiscal Year 2021 planning is up in the air.
- The Pandemic, State Primaries, and the November Elections. The COVID-19 emergency has scrambled the preliminary rounds of the 2020 election cycle, forcing 16 states to reschedule presidential primaries, and at least a dozen to reset state primaries.
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