Ask in person
- Find out the date and time candidates are holding campaign events or town halls near you. Save the date. This information is typically available on the campaign’s website or in your local newspaper’s political section.
- Print out a copy of our candidate questionnaire.
- It’s important to make sure you literally get the candidate on the record! Prepare to record the candidate’s answer by making sure your phone is fully charged and has enough space to record audio and video. If you have a tape recorder or video camera you are familiar with using, bring that with you.
- Get to the event early to grab a seat close to the front.
- When it’s your turn, identify yourself as a secular constituent (or an atheist, humanist, however you choose to identify!), turn on the record button and ask your question!
- Send your recording to [email protected] so we can help make the information available to other voters in your area.
- Share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
Here are some sample questions you can ask:
My name is Jane Doe and I am from (YOUR CITY, STATE). I am a secular constituent…
…and I believe strongly that the separation of church and state is the best way to guarantee religious freedom for people of all faiths and nonreligious people like me. How will you make sure that the secular character of our government is protected?
…and I believe that all children deserve access to medically-accurate and evidence-based information. Do you support comprehensive, medically accurate sex education in our public schools?
…and I support the right of terminally ill patients to end their life on their own terms in accordance with their own conscience. Do you support medical aid-in-dying?
…and I don’t think the government should be policing my beliefs, my bedroom, or my doctor’s office. Limiting access to safe, legal, reproductive health care, including abortion, in the name of religion is a violation of our First Amendment rights to freedom of and from religion. Do you support the right for people to make reproductive health decisions according to their own beliefs?