Challenging your local candidates to take the Good Campaign Office is as simple as calling them up, emailing, direct messaging, or challenging them at an open forum. (Or best, do all of these.) If the candidates never reply, then take that as your answer and promote on social media and elsewhere that they are not a supporter of greater campaign ethics.
The best way to ask any candidate to take the pledge is in your own words. But to assist, here are a few scripted ways to ask via different medium. However, please rework into your own words, as this increases your chances of getting an earnest reply.
Also, we encourage you to film your efforts to challenge local candidates by filming yourself issuing your citizen challenge to them. Post these challenges online too, using the hashtag #FreeTheVote.
The People Behind Free the Vote
I am a potential vote for your campaign. Are you familiar with the #GoodCampaignOath? It is essentially a pre-oath of office candidates nationwide are taking to indicate their commitment to legal and ethical campaign practices, to ensure harassment-free workplaces, and to serve as good stewards of our most cherished democratic ideals. Given recent elections, I hope agree this is more important than ever.
Thus I am asking you directly: Will you be a leader on this issue take the Good Campaign Oath? To view the Oath, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhbAvYBHghM
To get the full oath text, visit https://www.freethevote.com/good-campaign-oath
To be counted among the esteemed Honor Roll of Oath Takers, just film yourself taking the oath and post it to social media using the hashtags #ITookTheOath and #FreeTheVote. And like the Ice Bucket Challenge, you should challenge other candidates to do the same. (If you can’t film yourself, you may also register online at FreeTheVote.com.)
I look forward to hearing back from you and hope I can count on your leadership to restore the integrity of our democratic system.
By social media or direct message
Hey @[candidate handle], Will you be aleader in maintaining high campaign ethics this election cycle? Please take the #GoodCampaignOath. You can see an example oath and get the oath text here: https://www.freethevote.com/good-campaign-oath #FreeTheVote
Here is a script to follow when calling a local campaign office. If at any point, a member of the campaign indicates no interest in taking the Good Campaign Oath, skip to #5 in this script.
1.) You: “Hi. I am _____ and a potential vote for your campaign for _____. I am not sure if you are familiar with the Good Campaign Oath. Candidates nationwide are taking this simple oath to indicate their commitment to legal and ethical campaign practices, to ensure harassment-free workplaces, and to serve as good stewards of our most cherished democratic ideals. Given events in recent elections, I hope you agree this is more important than ever.
2.) You: “Can you tell me if ______ will take the Good Campaign Oath and be a local leader on this issue.”
Wait for their answer. If they say they need more information…
3.) You: I am happy to email you information on the Good Campaign Oath, with links to the Oath. Where can I email that to?
Wait for answer. After you are given an email address…
4.) You: Thank you very much. I will email you this info today. Can I expect a formal reply to my question so I know if the campaign has or will take the Good Campaign Oath?
If they say it is impossible to get back to every voter who calls in, you reply…
5.) You: I certainly understand, but please know that I am also calling your opposing candidate(s). I hope one or all will commitment to preserving the sanctity of our election processes, but if I don’t see a video posted within the next week, then I will take that as the campaign’s final answer. But I still appreciate your time today.
Hang up, and follow-up by email with this email message (link to email message).
At a Town Hall meeting
Print out the Good Campaign Oath text, and bring it with you to the Town Hall event.
Hi. My name is ___, and the state of our campaign ethics is a major issue for me. I am not sure if you are familiar with the Good Campaign Oath. Candidates nationwide are taking it to indicate their commitment to legal and ethical election practices, to ensure harassment-free workplaces, and to serve as good stewards of our most cherished democratic ideals. Given events in recent elections, this is more important than ever to voters like me.
Thus I want to know if you will be a local leader on this issue and take the Good Campaign Oath. I have a copy of the oath here. I am happy to read it now or share it with your staff. Can I read it, and then you can decide if you will join the growing list of good stewards of our democratic ideals?
[Insert graphic of oath on a letter]