What is postcard activism?
People write personal messages to voters via postcards and/or letters to encourage them to vote and influence their decisions. You can write these messages on your own or organize others to join you.
Why write postcards?
One study shows that handwritten, personalized postcards sent to women who are occasional voters as part of a get-out-the-vote effort increased turnout by 1.4% over a control group. Postcards are an easy way for people to reach out to voters in swing districts across the country. Further, many volunteers enjoy postcard writing as their first foray into activism.
Postcards are an easy way for people to reach out to voters in swing districts across the country.
How can I get started?
Different organizations work with campaigns and initiatives to provide scripts and addresses. You will receive addresses and scripts via email, website, text, or Facebook Messenger; some organizations enable you to choose your preferred channel.
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- Usually, you will provide your own postage and postcards.
Some campaigns and groups prefer to send you preprinted postcards to personalize.
- Some campaigns request that you return the stamped postcards to them to be mailed from the district. Others will have you mail them yourself.; Note that an out-of-district postmark is unlikely to affect the impact of your message.