Pass a Local Resolution

Activist Toolkit

It's time to protect our democracy

The bipartisan January 6th Select Committee has shown that Trump and his MAGA allies planned, promoted, and paid for a criminal conspiracy to overturn an election they knew they’d lost. And they didn’t stop there. The Far Right has continued to work to sabotage future elections by changing state laws, threatening state officials and packing election administration offices so that they can have the final say over election results – even when they lose.

Now, it’s up to us to hold them accountable - and protect our democracy. Passing local resolutions helps build momentum on a local, state and national level to protect our freedom to vote from ongoing efforts to sabotage our elections.

Together, we can protect our democracy. People For the American Way and Public Citizen, with the support of our partners in the Not Above the Law Coalition, have put together this toolkit to help you take action in your community to protect our elections and our fundamental right to vote.

Step 1: Craft your local resolution

A local resolution is an expression of support from a town or county body. Local resolutions are a great way to educate the public as well as send a strong signal to state and federal legislators that people care about democracy and the safe and reliable transfer of power.

Step 2: Build Support In Your Community

We're powerful when we work together. Getting your community on board is key to getting your city council to pass your resolution.

Step 3: Work With Your Local Elected Officials

You'll need to find a member of your city council who's willing to introduce the resolution. Here's how to find them.

Step 4: Meet With Your Council Member

A successful meeting is key to getting your council member on board. We've got resources to make sure you're prepared.

Step 5: Planning for Passage of Your Resolution

You've got your council member on board. Now, it's time to engage other community leaders, spread the word on social, and gather community support.

Step 6: Engage the Media

Working with your local news to spread the word is a great way to educate your community and gather support. From press advisories to letters to the editor, we've got tools to make it happen.

Step 7: Turn Out Your People

It's time to turn up and turn out - and show up for the final vote!