Below are suggested scripts for you to use with your state representatives for HB 1665. We encourage you to use these as a guideline, but not a word-for-word script. ALWAYS be polite. ALWAYS say thank you.
Best call times: Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon or evening up to 8 pm, anytime on Monday up to 8 pm.
Independent Redistricting Commission Republican Outreach Script
Hi, Representative, my name is _____________________ and I'm a voter in [TOWN NAME]. I'm calling to ask you to support the HB 1665 advisory redistricting commission this coming Wednesday. Now that the bill has been amended to answer the governor's constitutional concerns, what is your position on the bill?
[I didn't know it had been amended. What changed?]
The bill is now explicitly an advisory commission, which leaves it to the legislature to amend the maps once the commission has submitted them. It also removed the language which would have sent the bill to the NH Supreme court if the legislature is deadlocked. The bill still has the commissioners chosen like a jury, and all their work done in public, not behind closed doors.
[I still stand with the governor and will vote against this bill]
Even though the polls show that both Republican and Democrat voters want fair districts? Remember, if this doesn't get fixed, do you trust the Democrats not to gerrymander the districts to hurt Republicans? The smart thing would be to have it fair and transparent for everybody.
[Well, I'll take another look at the bill / No, I'll still vote No]
Thanks for your time, Representative. In these polarizing times, I want to thank you for voting your conscience on this bill, not just the party line. And thank you for your service to New Hampshire.
Independent Redistricting Commission Democratic Outreach Script
Hi, My name is _____________________ and I’m a voter in [TOWN NAME]. I'm calling to make sure you're supporting the HB 1665 Redistricting bill this coming Wednesday.
[Yes, I am]
I'm so glad to hear that. This legislative session is the last chance before the next census and redistricting process to pass an independent redistricting commission. I'd like to see this process be taken out of the back room and visible to the voters.
[I heard the the bill was amended. What changed?]
The bill is now explicitly an advisory commission, which leaves it to the legislature to amend the maps once the commission has submitted them. I'm OK with that compromise, because the maps will still be created in the open by a commission designed to reduce partisanship.
It also removed the language which would have sent the bill to the NH Supreme court if it was deadlocked. The bill still has the commissioners chosen like a jury, and all their work done in public, not behind closed doors.
I want to thank you, [REPRESENTATIVE BLANK], for supporting HB 1665. This will end gerrymandering and bring fair voting districts to New Hampshire. And thank you for your service.