LWVMN Action Alert Proposal Form
BEFORE YOU BEGIN: ACTION ALERT CHECKLIST
❒ Must be one single action. E.g., an Action Alert on legislation should be limited to one action. For example, Action Alerts about legislation should be about only on bill or pair of companion bills being heard in one legislative chamber.
❒ Must be an urgent action, i.e., a deadline is within the next week or two. E.g., a committee or floor hearing or vote. Must submit the Action Alert at least two days ahead to ensure time to review and approve.
❒ Must send Action Alert subscribers to the decision-maker, not a third party organization. (E.g., may not send subscribers to sign another organization’s petition that would be sent to the governor; members should be directed to share their comments directly with the governor.)
❒ Must cite the LWV Program for Action (either LWVUS or LWVMN). These can be found here:
❒ Must include fact-based bullet points for talking points or background information. Should include try to include a link to credit the source. Must use quotation marks for direct quotes. Charitable organizations, nonpartisan research organizations, and academic/educational institutions are the best sources. Must not cite partisan materials.
❒ Should thank a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization if they brought attention to the issue first. However, Action Alerts should not be a total copy-and-paste of another organization’s emails.
❒ Should be 300 words or less. Test the number of words at
Not all proposed Action Alerts will necessarily be approved. Action Alerts focusing on the legislative priorities approved by LWVMN Board of Directors will receive priority treatment. Action Alerts will usually be limited to a maximum of two or three per week to prevent activist burnout.
Capitol Letter, All Member News, and social media can be used to share alerts that do not meet the urgency criteria or events like rallies or speakers.
If you have questions, please contact Nick Harper, Civic Engagement Director (
What level of government are you seeking action for?
Local - school board, town, city or county government
State Government (including state legislature, state agencies, and the Governor)
Federal Government (including Congress, federal agencies, and the President)
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