Preparing to Meet With Your Local Government Representative

By meeting with your local government representatives (generally your town, city, county, or state legislator or your mayor, county executive, or governor), you can make a powerful impression about the importance of their proposing and fighting for the Democracy Decree. Every meeting is different, so we can't provide a script, but here are some key points:

  • We can provide materials for you to hand to the elected official. When as you have set up a date for a meeting, let us know whom you are meeting and when, and we will get you a short, appropriate, up-to-date, document.

  • If you are going with other people, speak beforehand to agree on the main points you plan to make and which of you will start the conversation.

  • Be prompt and polite, introduce yourself, mention any connections you may have, and then stick to your points.

  • Ask whether the official you're speaking with knows about the Democracy Decree how it works, and if not, aim to make at least the following points:

    • The Democracy Decree is a way for local government to play an important role in making the U.S. federal election system democratic and replacing the dangerous people running the country now with people chosen by the people.

    • The Democracy Decree needs to be proposed by local governments (towns, cities, counties, states) that together represent at least twenty percent of the national population.

    • Once the Democracy Decree is proposed in that way, a national vote of the people will be triggered to ratify it.

    • If the Democracy Decree is ratified by the people, it will

      • replace the electoral college with a popular vote for president

      • ensure that the vote of the people in congressional elections determines the balance of power in Congress

      • bring about new elections to implement the new system

    • To propose the Democracy Decree, the local government should enact legislation proposing it in the way that it would enact any other law.

    • The material you are handing the elected official includes a model bill proposing the Democracy Decree.

    • More information is available at democratism.org, and someone from Democratism would also be happy to answer any questions by email or phone.

  • Review the FAQs before you go, and answer any questions you know the answer to during the meeting. If you're asked a question you don't know the answer to, don't wing it. Say you don't know and that you will get back to them about it.

  • Ask for something specific.

    • If your representative already knows all about the Democracy Decree, request a commitment to introduce it, or to support it and work for it if it has already been introduced (or if you're speaking to someone who isn't a legislator and doesn't have the power to introduce it).

    • If your representative doesn't seem to know much about the Democracy Decree, ask for a commitment to consider it seriously.

    • If your representative makes any kind of commitment, ask for a date when you can check back in to get an update.

    • If you can't get any positive commitment even to consider the Democracy Decree seriously, ask for an explanation why.

  • After the meeting, make notes about what came of it. If you went with other people, review and make notes together.

  • As soon as possible, you and anyone who joined you should send a thank you note and thank your representative for any commitment made.

  • Follow up on any commitment.

If you don't get the commitment you're hoping for, don't become frustrated. Many legislators will be too timid to propose the Democracy Decree. Some just prefer the undemocratic status quo. But getting the word out about it is an important step toward getting it proposed, whatever the result of any one meeting.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.