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Make 3 Calls For Voting Rights!

New Jersey’s overseas voting rights bill (A3929) will be voted on in the NJ Assembly State Government Committee on Thursday, May 12th! Please call Assemblyman Verrelli, Assemblywoman Swain, and Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer today and ask them to vote yes, and tell them your personal story (see contact information below). Please tell them you/we need help and why this is personally important to you or other overseas voters or they will just treat the call like just another bill opinion (see script below).

A3929, which reinstates voting rights in NJ State elections for those who mark their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA-overseas ballot request) “return uncertain,” was posted to the committee thanks to the thousands of NJ overseas voters and their families and friends who called Speaker Coughlin and the Governor when the bill was not posted for a concurrence vote last session. The dedication of our members inspired us not to give up and try to get this bill passed this session.   

  • Please call Assemblyman Anthony Verrelli, who is the Chair of the State Government Committee at:

    PHONE: (609) 292-0500 (phone calls are best)
    EMAIL: [email protected]  (emails can help)

  • Please call Assemblywoman Lisa Swain, a committee member, at:

    PHONE: (201) 576-9199 (phone calls are best)
    EMAIL: [email protected] (emails can help)

  • Please call Assemblywoman Sadaf Jaffer, a committee member, at:
    PHONE: (908) 393-5046 (phone calls are best)
    EMAIL: [email protected] (emails can help)

  • Although it is more important to focus on the Democratic Assembly members above, if you are a constituent of Republican legislators Simonsen or Thomson please contact them as well. To find out who your legislators are and their contact information select: You can filter by municipality in the upper right draw down box.

You can find a script below. This action today is the difference between our New Jersey members having voting rights or not.

Talking Points/Script for Assemblyman Members:

  • Hi my name is --------   

  • I am a New Jersey voter. (If they ask you where you vote and you do not vote in the legislator’s district just say,” I am a [the town you vote in] voter, but although I do not vote in your district, Democrats Abroad, an official arm of the Democratic party fully supports overseas voters getting their voting rights back).

  • (If asked for an address) Would you like my voting address?    

  • I regularly vote by absentee ballot in the elections I am allowed to vote in.   
     

  • I'm calling because overseas voters have lost their voting rights, and I would like to speak to your Chief of Staff or whoever handles voting law in your office because I need help.

  • A3929, which will help people like me, is being heard in the State Government Committee this Thursday and I would like to speak to your Chief of Staff so [legislator's name] can understand why we need his/her help.  

Once you get an aide or Chief of Staff on the phone repeat why you are calling and then say:

  • Overseas voters fill out a different ballot request than other NJ voters. On the Overseas ballot request, which is called the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA), there is a question that asks if your return is uncertain. Many overseas voters check the “return uncertain” box because they do not know when they will return to the state. But NJ voters have no idea they will lose their right to vote in state elections when they check that box. Life is full of uncertainty; we should not lose our voting rights because of it.

  • New Jersey Overseas voters are stakeholders in state government no matter when or if they return to New Jersey on many issues such as climate change, education, health insurance, net neutrality, and of course, our voting rights and procedures.

  • Note: The following line is for Assemblyman Verrelli and Assemblywoman Swain only: 

    • There is a bill, A3929, which [Legislator’s name] voted “yes” on last legislative session that will rectify this problem.

  • A3929 is being voted on in the State Government Committee this Thursday. Would the Assemblyman/Assemblywoman please vote yes on this important legislation, which will rectify this problem?

  • Will the Assemblyman/Assemblywoman vote yes this Thursday?

WAIT FOR AN ANSWER!

  • I would like to add that the majority of states in our country allow us to vote on all levels of government. NJ is one of the small handful of states that denies us the right to vote. 

  • This bill passed the Senate and the Assembly last session and has the Governor’s full support. Will you please ask the Assemblyman/Assemblywoman to vote yes? (If they ask you why it did not pass the last session when both chambers voted yes and you have the Governor’s support say: It had to be posted for a concurrence vote because of a technical amendment made by the Senate. The Speaker said he did not have time to review the technical amendment on such short notice since it was the last day of Lame Duck but he promised to take up the bill this session).

  •  I’m a New Jersey citizen. I believe I have the right to vote. I can’t vote where I’m currently residing. We all have a reason to vote. New Jersey is my home. The Assemblyman/Assemblywoman has control to rectify this problem. I hope he/she votes yes this Thursday. 

  • Thank you so much for your time. Is there any contact I can follow up with you about the bill?

Thank you so much for volunteering!

If you have any questions or make any contacts, please email us at: [email protected]

We can help communicate important facts about the bill.


Call Speaker Coughlin and Governor Murphy Today!

Call Speaker Coughlin and Governor Murphy Today!

Thanks to dedicated members like you, NJA5306, which passed the Assembly in June, was amended and released in the Senate The bill now needs to be posted by Speaker Coughlin for a concurrence vote on Monday, January 10th. A concurrence vote means the Assembly has to approve the Senate amendments. 

The bill allows overseas voters who mark their Federal Post Card Application (FPCA-overseas ballot request) “return uncertain” to vote in NJ state elections (Governor, NJ State Senate, NJ State Assembly) but not local elections (local school board, town council, local Mayor). Back in June, when the bill passed the Assembly, we compromised and gave up getting our local voting rights back because the Assembly felt that those who might not return to NJ don’t have enough of a  vested interest in local government to be able to vote on that level. Although we disagreed, we accepted that compromise so we could get our voting rights back on the state level, which we lost in 2017 thanks to Chris Christie.

We need you to take two actions today so the bill can be sent to Governor Murphy and signed into law:

  • Please call Speaker Coughlin today and ask him to put A5306 up for a concurrence vote on January 10th and support the Senate version, which does not include expanded local voting rights.  Speaker Coughlin’s contact information is:

    PHONE: (732) 855-7441 (phone calls are best)

    EMAIL: [email protected]  (emails can help)


  • We also need you to call Governor Murphy today and ask him to sign the bill when it arrives on his desk. Governor Murphy's contact information is:

    PHONE: (609) 292-6000

    EMAIL: Select this link Governor.

You can find both scripts for Speaker Coughlin and the Governor below. This action today is the difference between our New Jersey members having voting rights or not.

I'll do it!

 

Talking Points/Script for Speaker Coughlin:

  • Hi my name is --------. I'm a New Jersey voter, who lives in (country where you live) and I vote by mail every year I am allowed to vote.
  • A5306 allows those who mark their overseas ballot request “return uncertain” to vote in state elections.

  • This bill has passed the Assembly and the Senate.

  • Now the bill needs to be put up for a concurrence vote this Monday January 10th because the Senate amended it. 
     
  • I am calling to ask the Speaker to post the bill for a concurrence vote on January 10th and support the Senate version.

  • The Assembly version unintentionally had an error that takes voting rights away from those who mark their overseas ballot request “intend to return.” The Senate version fixes this so the bill helps people and not takes voting rights away from people.

  • Voters who mark their ballot request “intend to return” are your traditional absentee voters, just like in country voters who are temporarily absent from the state.

  • These voters are students, those on temporary work assignments, those who have seasonal houses, and active military.

  • When you are an overseas voter and want to vote you fill out a Federal Post Card Application know as an FPCA. The FPCA asks you three questions:

    Do you intend to return?
    Is your return uncertain?
    Have you never resided in the USA?

  • Unfortunately, when the Assembly amended the bill introduced by Assemblywoman Downey and Assemblyman Mukherji to not allow those whose return to NJ is uncertain to vote in local elections, they swept in those who mark their FPCA “intend to return.”

  • Again “intend to return” voters are people temporarily absent from the state.

  • Governor Murphy will not support a bill that takes voting rights away from people and I am sure the Speaker does not believe in taking voting rights away either. 

  • This was just a mistake that the Senate fixed. 

  • Currently, every state in the United States, including NJ, allows these voters who intend to return to their state to vote in local elections. 

  • A5306 is meant to help people--not take voting rights away! 

  • Can I count on the Speaker to post A5306 for a concurrence vote on January 10th  and support the Senate version?

WAIT FOR AN ANSWER.

  • Thank you for your time.

Talking Points/Script for Governor Murphy:

  • Hi my name is --------    

  • I am a New Jersey voter, voting in ---------- County, and I currently live in [Current Country]   

  • I regularly vote by absentee ballot.    

  • (If asked for an address) Would you like my voting address?    
  • I'm calling because overseas voters have lost their voting rights, and I would like to speak to whomever handles voting law in this office.

Once you get an aide on the phone repeat why you are calling and then say:

  • Overseas voters fill out a different ballot request than other NJ voters. On the Overseas ballot request, which is called an FPCA, there is a question that asks if your return is uncertain. Many overseas voters check the “return uncertain” box because they do not know when they will return to the state. NJ voters have no idea they will lose their right to vote in state elections when they check that box. Life is full of uncertainty; we should not lose our voting rights because of it.
  • New Jersey Overseas voters are stakeholders in state government no matter when or if they return to New Jersey on many issues such as climate change, education, health insurance, net neutrality, and of course, our voting rights and procedures.

  • There is a bill, A5306, that will rectify this problem.

  • Would the Governor please sign the bill into law when it arrives on his desk? 

WAIT FOR AN ANSWER!

  • Just so you know, we formerly had the right to vote in all levels of government before 2017, and we are just looking to restore this voting right.

  • I would like to add that the majority of states in our country allow us to vote on all levels of government. NJ is one of the small handful of states that denies us the right to vote. Would you please ask the Governor to sign A5306 into law?

  • [If applicable: I cannot vote in my host country.] I’m a New Jersey citizen. I believe I have the right to vote. I can’t vote where I’m currently residing. We all have a reason to vote. New Jersey is my home. Will Governor Murphy sign A5306 into law?

  • Thank you so much for your time. Is there any contact I can follow up with you about the bill?

Thank you so much for volunteering!

If you have any questions or make any contacts, please email us at: [email protected]
We can help communicate important facts about the bill.

Please support our work protecting and expanding the overseas vote by donating here!

 


New Jersey Voters - Contact Senate President Sweeney About Voting Rights for Overseas Voters

Support the Bill for All New Jersey Overseas Voters to Vote in State Elections

Democrats Abroad has gotten out the vote for every state in the nation, but this year most of our major battles are for state-level voting rights, particularly in New Jersey! Depending on what they fill out on their absentee ballot request, many overseas voters in New Jersey don't have the right to vote in state elections! They used to have it, before Chris Christie pushed through a change in the law in 2017.

This needs to change. Overseas voters are stakeholders in New Jersey government. State government is responsible for voter eligibility and voting procedures. State policies regarding climate change, education, net neutrality, and more affect us everywhere. New Jerseyan overseas voters deserve a voice at all levels of government, and State Senator Vin Gopal has introduced a bill, NJ S3761, to change that law back and enfranchise voters once again.

Thanks to DA members this bill has passed the Assembly! Now please help us to get this bill passed in the Senate.

Please call your NJ State Senator and ask them to cosponsor NJ S3761!

Find Them Here:

senator Legislative Role Contact Emailing
Your State Senator! Ask them to Co-Sponsor S3761! LOOK UP LOOK UP

 

I'll do it!

Talking Points/Script:

  • Hi my name is --------    

  • I am a New Jersey voter, voting in ---------- County, and I currently live in [Current Country]   

  • I live overseas but I regularly vote by absentee ballot.    

  • (If asked for an address) Would you like my voting address?    
  • I'm calling to ask Senator -------- to support and co-sponsor Senate Bill S3761.

  • The bill allows overseas voters to vote in state elections even if there is uncertainty regarding their return. Many overseas voters check the box on their absentee ballot request, “return uncertain,” without knowing that they will lose their voting rights in New Jersey state and local elections by doing that. Whether US citizens have plans to return to New Jersey or not we are stakeholders in state government on many issues such as Climate Change, Net Neutrality, and of course, our voting rights.

  • We do have some protection under federal law, but, like most things, much is left up to the state. We formerly had the right to do so in 2017 and are looking to restore this voting right.     

  • The majority of states in our country believe that our voting rights should be taken with us when we move abroad. NJ is one of the small handful of states that denies us the right to vote, even though we are US citizens and have a stake in state government.      

  • I care about my state and my right to vote.

  • Thank you so much for your time.

 

Thank you for supporting voting rights for ALL New Jersey voters! If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected]

And don't forget to request your ballot for 2021--just to go www.votefromabroad.org, click Start and follow the prompts to fill out and submit your Ballot Request form.

If you would like to make a donation, please click here!


New Jersey Voters - Contact Speaker Coughlin About Voting Rights for Overseas Voters

Support the Bill for All New Jersey Overseas Voters to Vote in State Elections

Democrats Abroad has gotten out the vote for every state in the nation, but this year most of our major battles are for state-level voting rights, particularly in New Jersey! Depending on what they fill out on their absentee ballot request, many overseas voters in New Jersey don't have the right to vote in state elections! They used to have it, before Chris Christie pushed through a change in the law in 2017.

This needs to change. Overseas voters are stakeholders in New Jersey government. Issues like climate change and net neutrality affect us everywhere. New Jerseyan overseas voters deserve a voice at all levels of government, and Assemblywoman Joann Downey has introduced a bill, NJ A5306, to change that law back and enfranchise voters once again.

Please help us to get this bill passed! If the New Jersey Legislature approves the bill, overseas voters will be able to vote in the New Jersey state and local elections on November 2nd, 2021.

**Update May 6: Your calls and emails are working--we have added more cosponsors to the bill this week!**


Please call Speaker Coughlin's Office and ask him to put NJ A5306 on the voting schedule for the Assembly!

Also call Assemblyman Mazzeo, State & Local Gov't Committee Chair, and your 2 NJ Assembly Reps! Ask them to co-sponsor the bill!

Find Them Here:

Representative Legislative Role Contact Emailing
Assemblyman Coughlin Assembly Speaker 732-855-7441 [email protected]
Assemblyman Mazzeo State & Local Gov't Committee Chair 732-855-7558 [email protected]
Your 1st NJ Assembly Rep! Ask them to Co-Sponsor A5306! NJ Legislature NJ Legislature
Your 2nd NJ Assembly Rep! Ask them to Co-Sponsor A5306! NJ Legislature NJ Legislature

 

I'll do it!

Talking Points/Script:

  • Hi my name is --------    

  • I am a New Jersey voter, voting in ---------- County, and I currently live in [Current Country]   

  • I live overseas but I regularly vote by absentee ballot.    

  • (If asked for an address) Would you like my voting address?    

  • IF CALLING SPEAKER COUGHLIN: I am calling to ask Speaker Coughlin to support Assembly bill A5306 and put it on the Assembly schedule.

  • IF CALLING YOUR ASSEMBLY REP: I am calling to ask Assemblyperson ---------- to support and co-sponsor Assembly bill A5306.
  • The bill allows overseas voters to vote in state elections even if there is uncertainty regarding their return. Many overseas voters check the box on their absentee ballot request, “return uncertain,” without knowing that they will lose their voting rights in New Jersey state and local elections by doing that. Whether US citizens have plans to return to New Jersey or not we are stake holders in state government on many issues such as Climate Change, Net Neutrality, and of course, our voting rights.

  • We do have some protection under federal law, but, like most things, much is left up to the state. We formerly had the right to do so in 2017 and are looking to restore this voting right.     

  • The majority of states in our country believe that our voting rights should be taken with us when we move abroad. NJ is one of the small handful of states that denies us the right to vote, even though we are US citizens and have a stake in state government.      

  • Thank you so much for your time.

 

Thank you for supporting voting rights for ALL New Jersey voters! If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected]

And don't forget to request your ballot for 2021--just to go www.votefromabroad.org, click Start and follow the prompts to fill out and submit your Ballot Request form.

If you would like to make a donation, please click here!


Support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

H.R.1280 - George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 passed the House on March 3, 2021 and now needs to be taken up by the Senate. This bill addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. It increases accountability for law enforcement misconduct, restricts the use of certain policing practices, enhances transparency and data collection, and establishes best practices and training requirements. 

Call or email your Senators today. Tell your senators that you support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 and ask them to support it. Then ask your friends and family to make those calls too.

Because now is the time for action! We must make sure justice is available to everyone. It is important for the safety of African Americans and for the well-being of our nation that we end police violence. 

#BlackLivesMatter

Tips: 

* Senate offices use a variety of web form contact systems, unfortunately not all will accept abroad numbers.


Americans Abroad Caucus Campaign

Having a Congress that understands and supports the Americans abroad community is essential to building critical Congressional support for our reform recommendations. That's why we are working to increase membership in the  Congressional Americans Abroad Caucus - a group of Congressional leaders motivated to address the unique issues of the Americans abroad community.

Invite your Congressperson today to join the American Abroad Caucus. Call, email or postal mail them using our scripts below, then let us know about your outreach

The Americans Abroad Caucus is currently chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY12), Rep. Maria Salazar (R-FL27) and Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV01). The caucus helps guide us when we have reforms to present, problems that require government support or questions that relate to the federal government. They are critical to our work to provide tax relief for Americans abroad, plus expand voting rights, address our immigration issues, and so much more. Many members of Congress are not aware of the Americans Abroad Caucus and so your outreach will help build its profile AND its membership.

Contact Information  
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Any questions please write [email protected]

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Call Script
[When you speak to an operator, provide your name, US State voting address, overseas residential address and overseas phone number].

My name is  _________ and I vote in your district since it was the last place I lived before I moved abroad.  I live in/ am calling from  [name of city/country].

There are 9 million Americans like me, living outside the United States, and we struggle to get Congress to pay attention to us.  We are very proud U.S. citizens.  We vote and we pay attention to U.S. politics as much if not more than the average American. 

I care very much about  [voting access; environmental policy; gun violence; police misconduct; gender equity; civil liberties; labor rights; or other] and I send/will be sending messages to Rep [name of Representative] when I have something to say. 

There are some issues that affect Americans living abroad uniquely, such as taxation.  We are subjected to taxation in both the US and the country where we live.  We need relief but it’s a difficult fight.  We need friends in Congress to help us.

I am calling today to ask Rep [name of Representative] to join the Americans Abroad Caucus.  The Americans Abroad Caucus takes a special interest in the issues impacting Americans abroad. The Americans Abroad Caucus co-chairs are Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Maria Salazar and Rep. Dina Titus. Can I give you the contact information for the aides in their office who manage the Americans Abroad Caucus? 

In Rep Maloney's office contact Eric May - 202 225-7944

In Rep. Salazar's office contact Josh Duncan - 202 225-5965

In Rep. Titus's office contact Joel Cohen - 202 225-3931   

Thank you very much for your time, your service to Rep [name of Representative] and for your help getting this message to him/her.

Let us know about your outreach

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Email or Postal Letter Script

Writer’s Name 
Address
Date
The Honorable Representative [Name of Representative]
Address

Dear Rep. [Name of Representative],

Re:  Urging you to join the Americans Abroad Caucus

I live in [name of city, country] but I vote in your district and I am urging you to join the Americans Abroad Caucus.

There are 9 million Americans like me, living outside the United States, and we struggle to get Congress to pay attention to us.  We are very proud U.S. citizens.  We vote and we pay attention to U.S. politics as much if not more than the average American. 

The issues of greatest importance to me personally are [voting access; environmental policy; gun violence; police misconduct; gender equity; civil liberties; labor rights; or other].  [Explain why you have these concerns and what you want lawmakers to do about it.]

There are some issues that affect Americans living abroad uniquely, such as taxation.  We are subjected to taxation in both the US and the country where we live.   We have been working for many years to persuade Congress to change the laws and eliminate double taxation, remove barriers to banking, saving and investing and simplify filing.

[You can tell your story here if you want to include something personal.] 

Americans abroad need tax relief but it’s a difficult fight.  We need friends in Congress to help us.

I and the your other constituents living outside the U.S. need you to join the Americans Abroad Caucus.  The Americans Abroad Caucus takes a special interest in the issues impacting Americans abroad. Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Maria Salazar and Dina Titus are the Americans Abroad Caucus co-chairs.  I urge you to contact them about joining the Americans Abroad Caucus.

In Rep Maloney's office contact Eric May - 202 225-7944

In Rep. Salazar's office contact Josh Duncan - 202 225-5965

In Rep. Titus's office contact Joel Cohen - 202 225-3931   

Thank you very much for your service.

Kind regards,

Name and Voting address

Let us know about your outreach

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Postcard Script

Hi Representative [name of Representative,

I vote in your district and I live in [name of country]. There are 9 million tax liable Americans like me living outside the United States.  We vote and we pay close attention to U.S. politics and policy.  But we struggle to get Congress to pay attention to us. We need friends on Capitol Hill and I hope you will become one of them by joining the Americans Abroad Caucus.  Please contact Eric May in Rep Carolyn Maloney’s office for more information.

Thank you for your service,

Name
City and Country

Let us know about your outreach


Call Congress and Support HR1

Support H.R.1 - For the People Act of 2021

HR1, "For the People Act of 2021", protects voters from state voting list purges, expands and standardizes early voting, provides for automatic voter registration, ends gerrymandering, removes dark and foreign money from politics, and provides many other protections that will transform our voting landscape. It will, in many cases, reverse the Republican attacks on voting happening now at the state level across the United States. And it is getting voted on today, March 3, in Congress. 

The Action:
Call your Representative immediately and let them know that you support HR1.
Look up your Representative here.

Sample Script:
Hi, I'm {Name} and I am a constituent of {insert person's name}. I support HR1 and hope you will do everything you can to pass the strongest possible bill to support voting. 

More information and call tips:  
Due to the pandemic, many Congressional staff members are working remotely and you may need to leave a message. Be prepared before your call with your voting address in the United States, including your zip code.  

Bill text: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1/text


Call on the Senate to Convict Trump

The Senate will shortly be voting on whether or not to convict Donald Trump - your US senators need to hear from you now. 17 Republicans and every Democratic and independent senator need to vote to convict Trump, or he will walk free for inciting domestic terrorism. 

The Action:
Call, text or email your Senators and demand that they act to convict Trump immediately.

Look up your Senators' phone numbers

Send an email via democracy.io

Sample script : 

Hi, I'm {Name} and I am a constituent of {insert person's name}. I strongly believe that Trump must be convicted by the Senate. His actions put democracy at risk, threatened hundreds of lives, and killed five people. He must not be allowed to ever hold office again. 

 


Ratify the ERA Now

There’s lots of new activity on the Equal Rights Amendment now that it’s a new year and we have control of the Senate.  YOU CAN HELP.

Call to Action 1 - Send a postcard to both of your Senators asking them to co-sponsor ERA bill SJRes 1. This resolution removes the deadline from the ERA passed in 1972 so that it can finally be added to the U.S. Constitution.  You can find instructions, addresses, and text by going to https://www.democratsabroad.org/era_senate

Call to Action 2 – Call both of your Senators asking them to co-sponsor ERA bill SJRes 1. You can find instructions, phone numbers, and a sample script by going to https://www.democratsabroad.org/era_senate. 

Call to Action 3 - Write a Letter to the Editor/Op-Ed to your local paper back home in support of ERA.  You can find instructions and sample letters by going to ERA Special LTE - Democrats Abroad.  We hope to have letters published in every state.

Call to Action 4 - Tell your story.  Head to our ERA Stories page and add your story to the page. You can also make a video and send in the link! More details there. 

Please share this information with your friends.

Thank you for helping make 2021 the year women are added to the U.S. Constitution – a long 245 years after men.


Not One More Day

No one should be above the law, and inciting domestic terrorism is arguably an act of treason. Congress members are now calling on Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, and others are working on Impeachment articles. Regardless of the legal course of action chosen, Democrats Abroad urges our Congressional representatives and senators to insist on full accountability immediately. We encourage you to reach out to your Rep and Senators too.* 

The Action:
Call your Senators & Representative and demand that they act to remove Trump from office immediately.

Look up your Representative here.
Look up your Senators here.

Sample script : 

Hi, I'm {Name} and I am a constituent of {insert person's name}. Trump incited terrorists to attack the Capitol. He should not be President one day longer. Remove him immediately.

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Reminder: please be kind and respectful to the staff that you speak with; they have just experienced a very traumatic event.

* Indivisible explains the importance of constituents calling their Representative and Senators.