Voting Rights Call/Write Your Senators Scripts

Below are three scripts to call or write your senators. Please feel free to personalize these scripts to better make your point. Whether you call or write your Senator, you will need to have your voting address handy.

Calling Script Sample 1:

Hi, my name is name is __________ and I’m a constituent from _______ [CITY, ZIP].

I'm calling to recommend [SEN NAME] support abolishing the Senate filibuster so Congress can break free from obstruction and gridlock and enact important legislation needed to secure our democracy.

 

Calling Script Sample 2:

 My name is __________. I am a constituent, and my zip code is _______. 

For far too long the Senate filibuster has been used to block essential legislation and civil rights laws that serve and protect We the People. I urge you to eliminate the filibuster entirely. If that proves politically impossible, then at a minimum you must prevent the filibuster from being used to block emergency pandemic economic relief, healthcare expansion, climate catastrophe, racial equity, and voting-rights legislation. And also prevent it from being used to block statehood for the District of Columbia. If the filibuster has to be retained for some matters, its operation must be returned to the original requirement that filibustering senators have to hold the floor in a public display of their obstruction so that their sabotage is no longer done in the darkness of a Senate backroom. 

 

Calling Script Sample 3, if your Senator has indicated support for reforming the filibuster:

Hi, my name is name is __________ and I’m a constituent from _______ [CITY, ZIP]. “The Senator has indicated that they’d be open to reforming the filibuster in the past, and I’m calling today to ask: Is the Senator planning to support eliminating the filibuster to pass the For the People Act?”

[If they say YES!] That’s great! Please let them know I’m glad they’re supporting HR1 & eliminating the filibuster, and I hope they can encourage their colleagues to do the same.

 

Writing Script:

I'm writing to urge you to eliminate or reform the filibuster and protect the future of our democracy and our right to vote.

The crisis facing our democracy couldn’t be more real and addressing it couldn’t be more urgent. Legislation is being passed all over the country to prevent people from voting. Nothing could be more undemocratic or dangerous to the ideals of this country.

Our ability to fight back against this voter suppression is restricted by the filibuster, an outdated Senate tool that gives veto power to Republican senators who represent 41 million fewer people than Senate Democrats. Whatever value we may have seen in the filibuster in the past, Sen. McConnell is using it and will continue to use it to allow a partisan minority to block overwhelmingly popular legislation and to advance his partisan and ideological interests.

As your constituent, I urge you to protect the future of our democracy not a procedural relic from the past. Eliminate or reform the filibuster.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

 

Tools and tips to contact your Senators

  • You can call 1.888.453.3211 to get connected to your U.S. Senator.
  • Look up your Senators' phone numbers and contact forms here.
  • If you contact your senators by webform, use your US voting address in the contact address field.
  • If the phone number field in the webform* is sensitive, try adding 011 at the start of your abroad number.
  • You can use this too from Vote Save Americal to make calls: https://votesaveamerica.com/calltool/

  • Or you can call Congress for free from France at +33 7 555 3 6446 - this connects callers automatically to the US Capitol Switchboard, where you follow the prompts to be connected to your House Rep or Senators.
  • IF LEAVING VOICEMAIL: Please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.

Write Your Senators using Resistbot:

Resistbot is the fastest and easiest way to contact your representatives, get ready to vote, and be civically engaged. https://votesaveamerica.com/calltool/

You can access Resistbot from their website, on Facebook,  iMessage, or Telegram. To start, just text or message the word “resist” to Resistbot. Then type your message or the script above into your message.

Resistbot will turn your texts into a letter and deliver it to the elected officials you choose: from your mayor to the President. There are dozens of other keywords for contacting other officials, voting, finding vaccines, and much more.

Here is a quick video explanation of how to use Resist.bot https://youtu.be/4xGZQ3v9Y28

No matter how you do it, the most important thing is to contact your Senator and make “Good Trouble” and Save Our Democracy!