2020 Election Toolkit
Thank you for partnering with NETWORK to engage in the 2020 Election. We recognize the importance of being able to participate in the election process, so we have put together an interactive toolkit to equip you and your fellow Justice Seekers to take part in the 2020 Election with us.
If you find yourself at a town hall with a candidate, we have put together a list of questions we encourage you to ask them. These are based off NETWORK’s 2020 Mend the Gaps Policy Platform, and will help you learn more about the candidates’ policy proposals and evaluate how they plan to mend the gaps in our country.
If you are feeling inspired, we ask that you write letters to the editor (LTEs) using our LTE toolkit to guide you along the way. LTEs are among the most widely read sections of newspapers and are monitored by campaigns to find out what voters are thinking.
If you find yourself stuck between two candidates and are unsure who to vote for, use our “Do it Yourself candidate side-by-side.” Our side by side allows you to evaluate Presidential, House, and Senate candidates to help you see who most closely aligns with NETWORK’s Mend the Gaps 2020 Policy Platform.
If you want to engage with NETWORK and the candidates online, you can! We have created a toolkit with social media pro tips. It includes the twitter handles of the Presidential candidates, hashtags to include in your tweets and pictures, do and don’ts and so much more!
Honoring Our Values as We Enter an Election Year
Sister Simone Campbell, SSS
Over many conversations with residents of red states, I have learned that these voters are not motivated by policy specifics. Rather, again and again, I find voters who are motivated by anger, fear, and hurt at “being left out” of the national dialogue. The dominant narrative for too long has been a message of scarcity and competition, and too many candidates feed into that narrative.
Hearing this fear and fear echoed by voters has led me to realize elections are not won on technical policy proposals. No, the most critical factor in an election is the values we share! Who is included in our concern? Whom do we speak to? And whom do we speak about? Can we, and our candidates, envision a nation where all are included and all are cared for?
As you consider your vote, talk with friends and neighbors, and ponder how to care for our democracy, remember that our values are the bedrock of our participation. Ask yourself: Who shares my values? Who will further the common good? Come to your answer and then let your values shine as a light for others. Our nation is hungry for such a beacon of hope.