On November 2nd, Virginians will go to the polls to elect a new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and state delegates.
These newly elected policymakers will decide the future of the state’s voting rights laws.
We want to help protect the advances Virginia has made by encouraging voters of color to cast their ballot.
We will be postcarding almost a million voters and hosting phone banks multiple times a week to get out the vote! Join our efforts to keep Virginia moving forward as a voting rights state.
Even if you have sent postcards with other organizations, we ask writers new to volunteering with us to view our short video and read our Postcarding Guidelines in order to understand our philosophy and methods.
Our postcard campaigns are supported by Regional Organizers who are volunteers like you. They can assist up you in obtaining addresses, supplies, best practices, and connecting with other volunteers in your area.
New writers should contact their Regional Organizer in order to coordinate distribution of addresses and provide the support you need in postcarding with Center for Common Ground. Find your Regional Organizer below, and click on the email link for your region to contact them.
You will need postcards, stamps, and labels, unless your Regional Organizer can help to provide these. Unless you pick up a packet of postcards and addresses from a local contact, you will receive the data portion by email.
POSTCARDS: RECLAIM OUR VOTE postcards are required. Order ROV postcards from VistaPrint. These racially inclusive, uplifting, colorful and eye-catching postcards with voting rights themes,.designed by young immigrant artists of color, are part of our strategy, and provided at a discount through our online postcard store. Learn more about our postcard artist.
STAMPS: Click here to order .36 postcard stamps. Please buy coral reefs, barn, or other neutral designs. Flags are unfortunately associated with voter suppression and intimidation for many.
LABELS: Order Avery (type) labels - either the most economical 30 per page (label size 1" x 2.65” - Avery #5160 for Laserjet or Avery #8160 for Inkjet) or else 20 per page (size 1" x 4" - Avery #5161 or #8161)
Crowd-sourced suggestions for ordering 30 per page labels:
ADDRESSES: We have a wonderful group of volunteer organizers and address distributors who will email you voter addresses, script, and a template for printing labels. Every set of addresses has a specific script, tailored to the county where the voter lives. (See sample postcard to show how we use labels for information such as the phone number and url.)
Available May 15 - Highest priority: Energy equity, economic and racial justice in Georgia.
We're partnering again with Wan Smith and We The Plug Tho, organizing disenfranchised community of color consumers suffering high electric bills and other predatory practices by utility companies and electric co-ops. Hear more from Wan, who spoke at our Road to the Midterms webinar.
Volunteers will write the cards and hold them until June 21, then mail all the cards June 21.
Why this campaign is so important
In 2020 Georgia rural voters of color turned out because we asked them to vote. Many of these voters were paying more than $700/month for electricity with incomes less than $25,000/year. When we ask these voters to vote again in 2022, we want them to know that we heard them and we will help them change their economic lives. As Georgia organizer Wan Smith says, "Work moves at the speed of trust!" so we're working to earn the trust of rural Georgia voters in 2021 making the investment now.
Available May 22 - High priority: HR1/S1, For The People Act, must pass to override the voter suppression bills, and protect democracy.
A Senate vote will happen in July or August. Our nonpartisan postcarding in partnership with One Arizona will write to less-targeted voters of color to urge them to raise their voices to protect their vote, and contact Senator Sinema by phone or through our online portal where they can easily email, call or tweet to her.
Volunteers will mail these cards as soon as written, deadline June 15 at the latest.
We started postcarding in 2019. In 2020 we distributed over 9 million postcards, written and mailed by volunteers, and 77,000 viewed our training video!
2021 postcard campaigns are on a smaller scale than 2020. We have completed two campaigns:
Contact your Regional Organizer or Distributor for info, data, or (possibly) local supplies or even all-in-one postcard packets, if there happen to be volunteer packet-makers in your area.
We are also making calls. Please join one of our Guided Phonebanks. We like to have fun and help each other out, so jump on in!