Ask a Question to a Candidate

Asking a question at a candidate forum / town hall is one of the most important things any advocate can do.

When you ask whether or not a candidate supports the fully-ratified 28th Amendment (Equal Rights) you not only help increase the priority of this issue to the candidate and staff but you will educate members of the audience as well.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Develop your script ahead of time (sample below)
    • Identify yourself: include your name, city (and state if applicable)
    • Thank the candidate / official: extend a quick thank you to them for being there
    • Provide background information: if your question requires background information, briefly provide it
    • Ask your question: make a clear, direct ask
  • Listen carefully to the answer: some candidates will express enthusiastic support for gender equality (conceptually) but dodge any specifics about our Constitution / their own ability to take action on the issue
  • Ask a follow up question (as necessary / possible): anticipate “spin” and be prepared to clarify the answer and/or ask a follow up question
  • Follow up: get contact information from the staff so you can follow up if necessary
  • Tape it: whenever possible, get video of the question and answer
  • Submit it: send your video to hello@VoteEquality.US and we may highlight it on social media / post it somewhere on this website

Hello, my name is _____ and I live in _______. America has a fully-ratified 28th Amendment (Equal Rights) and Congressional action will ensure it is certified and published in the U.S. Constitution.

Will you vote to recognize the 28th Amendment so America can join 168 other countries that guarantee gender equality in their constitutions?

– Citizen educating AND getting a candidate on the record 🙂

WHAT YOU NEED

  • List of candidate forums and town halls: Check online at TownHallProject.com, candidate or other websites, candidate or local organizing social media accounts) or call the office to find out when an event will be held in your area
  • RSVP / ticket: if the event you wish to attend requires a ticket / RSVP, please make sure to get one well in advance.

Resources

  • League of Women Voters: Candidate forum FAQ
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