National Voting Standards Legislator Toolkit


Use #RecessCanWait in your posts! @StateInnovation and @SiXAction will be monitoring the hashtag and sharing your posts. 

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Messaging Guidance

The messaging guidance below is from DFAD, Opportunity Agenda, and Fight Back Table.

Extremist state legislators around the country are passing laws to deny our freedom to vote. The Senate must act quickly to pass national voting standards that ensure all voters can safely and freely cast their ballots, regardless of where we live or what we look like.

Technical Guidance

Other Social Media Prompts

Have more time? Brainstorm ways to personalize your social media posts during the week of action. 

Contextualize the voting rights battles in your state:

Make the impact of anti-voter bills visceral for people who haven’t experienced them first-hand. What does the impact of the anti-voter bills look like? Feel like? What would it mean for your community to have the freedom to vote?

Call upon the history of resistance that has gotten us this far, and why we’re not willing to give up now. We've collected some historical voting photos for to you to use, including images from voting demonstrations at the Capitol in 1965. Download the photos below or from this Google Drive folder.

American Rescue Plan Toolkit For Legislators

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a stronger, more equitable economy and to shrink long-standing disparities. Hardship due to the pandemic and economic crisis is still widespread and is particularly difficult among Black, Latino, Indigenous people, immigrants, and households with children. State legislators will play a critical role in ensuring that the American Rescue Plan reaches those in need.

Suggested Social Media


State Legislator Action Steps

Benefits from ARP can dramatically improve lives and set the stage for a stronger and more equitable recovery—but only if we all do our part to make sure each and every Americans has access. 

Here are some ideas to spread the word:

  • Host a virtual or telephone town hall about the ARP
  • Post about the ARP’s benefits on social media. Use our toolkit below.
  • Include links to ARP benefits in your newsletter
  • Partner with local nonprofits and service providers
  • Connect with hard-to-reach communities using text and robocalls
  • Reach out to local reporters to make sure they’re covering the benefits available

Explaining the Benefits

The American Rescue Plan is one of the most progressive pieces of legislation in history, with more than two thirds of its tax cuts and direct payments going to families making less than $90,000 per year. See below for a quick breakdown of some of the key benefits available to your constituents. Learn more at

$1400 Checks

Encourage constituents to access their stimulus checks by filing their taxes and check on their payment using the Payment Tool.

The American Rescue Plan includes an additional $1,400 in direct cash relief for millions of Americans.

Eligibility Criteria 

Other Resources

Child Tax Credits

Encourage constituents to access the CTC by filing their taxes. Anyone with income less than $72,000 can file taxes for free at their local VITA provider.

The American Rescue Plan increases the Child Tax Credit from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child ($3,600 for a child under age 6) and makes 17-year-olds qualifying children for the year. 

This means a typical family of four with two young children will receive an additional $3,200 in assistance to help cover costs associated with raising children. The families of more than 66 million kids will benefit.

Eligibility Criteria:

Other Resources

Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Encourage constituents to access the EITC by filing their taxes. Anyone with income less than $72,000 can file taxes for free at their local  VITA provider.

The American Rescue Plan increases the EITC for 17 million workers by as much as $1,000. The top occupations that will benefit are cashiers, food preparers and servers, and home health aides—frontline workers who have helped their communities get through the crisis.

Key points: 

Other Resources:

Health Insurance

Encourage constituents to lower health care costs by signing up for health care at

The American Rescue Plan reduces healthcare premiums by offering additional premium tax credits (PTCs), expands eligibility for PTCs to more people, and gives many people receiving unemployment benefits access to plans with $0 premiums. These changes are reflected at and all state-based marketplaces.

Other Resources:

COBRA Coverage

Direct constituents to our blog about accessing free COBRA coverage.

ARP covers the cost of COBRA coverage for people who have lost health insurance due to job loss or a reduction in work hours.

Other Resources:

Food Assistance

Direct constituents to their state SNAP program or the toll-free SNAP information line: (800) 221-5689

The American Rescue Plan dedicates $12 billion to food assistance programs, allowing states to extend SNAP increases, continue the P-EBT program, and invest in WIC improvements.

Other Resources:

Rental Assistance

Encourage constituents to apply for emergency rental assistance at the state or local level.

The American Rescue Plan provides substantial funding to help renters and homeowners who are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage.

Other Resources: 

Eviction Protections

The CDC national eviction moratorium will be in effect until June 30, 2021. The order does not replace or override stronger state or local eviction protections in place and tenants and advocates should continue to work for strong local, state and federal protections.

Other Resources:

Unemployment Insurance

Direct constituents to their state labor services or to call (866) 487-2365. 

The American Rescue Plan continues the $300-per-week federal supplement to weekly benefits through September 6, 2021, and continues the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program that expands eligibility to a broader group of people. 

Read more at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

More Resources

Find state-by-state info to tailor the below messages to your state here and here.  

No Democracy Without Black Women Week of Action Toolkit

May 24-28 Week of Action Events

Black women are severely underrepresented in state legislatures. It is time Black women received the recognition they deserve. Join us in this week of virtual events to shine a spotlight on Black women in state legislatures! Read the No Democracy Without Black Women report.

Monday, May 24: Sister Solidarity Day and Twitter Storm  

Sister Solidarity Day: Everything looks better with a united front. We challenge Black women state legislators to join with one another and wear BLACK all day. Take a selfie, tell your story, and share it with us using #NoDemocracyWithoutBlackWomen! 

Twitter Storm @ 2:00 PM ET/ 1:00 PM CT / 12:00 pm MT / 11:00 PT: Let’s take it to the tweets! Help us highlight the work of Black women by storming Twitter with likes, retweets, and posts about the Black women in your state legislature using #NoDemocracyWithoutBlackWomen! Add it to your calendar!

Use these graphics and suggested social media posts 

Tuesday, May 25: Instagram Live Interviews with Black Women Legislators

Join NOBEL Women, SiX, and our partners for our Black Women Legislator Instagram takeover! Black women legislators will go live with partner organizations to talk about the findings of the No Democracy Without Black Women Report and share their experiences as elected officials. Tune in to understand why it's important to have Black women in legislatures, the role that representation has on policy, and what we can all do to be in solidarity with the legislators.

Follow: @nationalwomenslawcent @sarahanthony517  @yeonetwork @senatoranderson43 @blkwomenshealth @sistersleadsistersvote @repsonyaharper @americanprogress @atticascott4ky @higherheights4@dotiejoseph @genprogress @rena.moran @nwblackwomen @emilia_sykes @emilys_list @stateinnovation @nobelwomen1

Thursday, May 27: Black Women Legislator Panel Discussions

Register here

Join State Innovation Exchange (SiX) and National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women) for two panel discussions with Black women legislators focused on the No Democracy Without Black Women report that highlights the transformative impact and underrepresentation of Black women in state legislatures.

Elected, Now What? @ 12:00 pm ET / 11:00 am CT/ 10:00 am MT/ 9:00 am PT

A panel conversation featuring Black millennial women state legislators discussing the immediate transition once becoming an elected official and the future of policymaking in an ever-growing political landscape. Panelists include:

Leading in the Legislature @ 1:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm CT / 11:00 am MT / 10:00 am PT

A panel conversation featuring Black women legislators in leadership in the legislature and how to build a pipeline to more Black women leaders. Panelists include:

Register here

Suggested Social Media

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More Sample Social Media Posts

In Mississippi, Black women make up 19% of the state population but only 8% of the state legislature.

Explore the data in your state. #NoDemocracyWithoutBlackWomen

The percentage of Black women in [STATE] is XX%
The percentage of Black women in the [STATE] legislature is XX%

A fair and equitable society will only be possible once Black women have seats at 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 table. #NoDemocracyWithoutBlackWomen

"As one of two Black women in our legislature, I face threats from people filled with racial hatred, I face erasure from my colleagues, and I face institutional racism." — @atticascott4ky

"Black women helped fuel change up and down the ballot during the 2020 Election; just imagine the transformational power ‘Black Girl Magic’ can have in city councils and state legislatures."


In the midst of a pandemic and economic recession that are having devastating consequences on Black women, the need for Black women to have decision-making power in the solutions to these crises has never been more apparent.


There remain 8 states without a single Black woman in their legislature, despite the Black population in each state ranging from 2-6%: Vermont, South Dakota, Hawaii, Arizona, Idaho, Nebraska, Montana, and North Dakota. 

This is not what democracy looks like. Black women representation matters if we want real change.


It is crucial to have Black women serve in leadership positions within state legislatures. When we do, the potential is limitless. 

Check out this Ms. Magazine article on why Black women need to have a seat in the legislature!

Our democracy needs to reflect the people that are keeping it alive! 

Read 19th News to learn more about why Black women are still underrepresented in America’s statehouses.

As Black women continue to be at the epicenter of preserving democracy, where is their representation in state legislatures across the country?

Learn more about The Dual Consciousness of Democracy in The BGGuide and support Black voices in government.

Underrepresentation creates barriers where there should be a steady flow of ideas and policy from communities to the capitol. 

Lasting progressive change must begin with removing the barriers of entry for Black women.


Black women legislators need to be recognized for their leadership and their policy priorities should be given the attention they deserve.