In-person visits are critical for effective influence on politicians, particularly in an election year. With the last three months of the election season (phew!) around the corner, now is the time to press council members, legislators, administrators, school board members — in fact, anyone you can think of — to visit. And if you’re concerned about whether election rules restrict your ability to be involved in advocacy at this time of year, don’t be! This video covers the rules of engagement and points you to the resources at nonprofitvote.org and clpi.org to keep your visits aboveboard. Watch to learn the secret strategies for getting decision makers in the door — and eventually agreeing with you!
We’d love to hear from you about your experiences with site visits. Please contact Ted Wegner, firstname.lastname@example.org, and share your stories. This way we can hear what is working (and what isn’t) and share success stories with other libraries who are interested in legislator site visits.