Do you use Letter Campaigns? Read this before 2021!

TL;DR: New governors & US representatives should be updated within 24 hours of swearing in. New senators & state legislators may take a while (please be patient with me!).

Amy Chin-Lai
Dec 16, 2020 · 4 min read

The holidays are in full swing, my dog has tried to knock over my Christmas tree several times, and my fridge is filled with leftovers. That means we’re almost to my least favorite time of the year — the swearing in of new elected officials! Not that I’m not excited about awesome new legislators (like Jamaal Bowman, Action Network partner), because trust me, I am, but because me and my team (my team of me, hi) will sit in front of our screens for hours making Letter Campaigns work for you.

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A Letter Campaign targeting page

When new elected officials take office, we have to update our system so that your activists write or call the correct new person.

All Live Letter Campaigns (read this paragraph, please)

For example, if your Letter Campaign targeted Senator Axel, but he’s been replaced by Senator Sunny, you need to remove Senator Axel and re-select targets to include Senator Sunny going forward.

Clear all targets, add all targets, and hit save.

You’ll know when targets have been updated on the backend because I will update this help doc. You can also sign up to get email notifications here, and I’ll email you whenever targets are updated.

Governors

US House

US Senate

New senators are sworn in on January 3. However, they never (ever) put up their websites on the same day. I get it, it takes time to build a website. So every morning, I look to see if their website is up. Once a website and contact form is live, I’ll write the file thing to connect it to Action Network. I add their special ID to another file, and voila! This process only takes a few hours, but it may be up to a month or two before all the senators’ websites are up. Bear with me, it’s not my fault! I’ll update the help doc and email you as they are completed so you can keep up with the process.

State Legislators

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Axel, being patient and understanding, just like you!

As a reminder, you can check out where we are in the process here and sign up for email notifications here. Thanks for your patience!

Powering Progressive Movements

The official blog of Action Network and Action Builder.

Amy Chin-Lai

Written by

(she/her) Engineering Partnerships Manager at Action Network. Obsessed with my dog, Tex-Mex, podcasts, and email deliverability. Follow us @theactionnet

Powering Progressive Movements

The official blog of Action Network and Action Builder.

Amy Chin-Lai

Written by

(she/her) Engineering Partnerships Manager at Action Network. Obsessed with my dog, Tex-Mex, podcasts, and email deliverability. Follow us @theactionnet

Powering Progressive Movements

The official blog of Action Network and Action Builder.

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