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Talking About Pro-Voter Policies

The Bottom Line

Talking About Pro-Voter Policies provides approaches for effective conversations about voting and pro-voter policies, and is divided into three sections:

  • Understanding How People Think & Feel About Voting explores deeply held values and beliefs about voting and our elections—and how opponents of pro-voter policies can create fear and concern in our audiences.
  • Talking About Voting & Pro-Voter Policies provides approaches for framing conversations in ways that help engage with shared values, calm concerns, and create and sustain support for secure, fair and accessible elections.
  • Things to Avoid highlights some language that can unintentionally make it harder for people to engage in these discussions—or even move progress further from our grasp.
Recommended citation:
Movement Advancement Project and the Center for Secure and Modern Elections. April 2021. "Talking About Pro-Voter Policies." MAP's Talking About Series. (date of access).


  • Movement Advancement Project
  • Center for Secure and Modern Elections

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Sexual Orientation Policy Tally

The term “sexual orientation” is loosely defined as a person’s pattern of romantic or sexual attraction to people of the opposite sex or gender, the same sex or gender, or more than one sex or gender. Laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation primarily protect or harm lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. That said, transgender people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual can be affected by laws that explicitly mention sexual orientation.

Gender Identity Policy Tally

“Gender identity” is a person’s deeply-felt inner sense of being male, female, or something else or in-between. “Gender expression” refers to a person’s characteristics and behaviors such as appearance, dress, mannerisms and speech patterns that can be described as masculine, feminine, or something else. Gender identity and expression are independent of sexual orientation, and transgender people may identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay or bisexual. Laws that explicitly mention “gender identity” or “gender identity and expression” primarily protect or harm transgender people. These laws also can apply to people who are not transgender, but whose sense of gender or manner of dress does not adhere to gender stereotypes.

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