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Postcarding

New Campaign: Florida!

Campaign will start at the end of May, so get ready!

Get in touch with your Regional Organizer to start.

We are postcarding to 68 counties, working with partners on the ground in Florida.  Postcarding will be starting late May, so get your pens ready and your supplies ordered! Postcards will be held and mailed between August 1-8. The Florida primary is August 23.  Early voting starts August 13, or as early as August 8 if the county chooses to do so.

  • Early voting: August 8 - August 21
  • Write postcards: End of May - August 8
  • Mail postcards: HOLD until August 1, mail by August 8
Want to volunteer? Sign up and learn about how to write for our postcarding campaigns below.

Get Ready to Write

1. Learn the basics of postcarding with us

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.

2. Contact your Regional Organizer

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.

Ordering Supplies and Addresses

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. Important note: Reclaim Our Vote cards should not be used for any other organization's campaign.

Ordering 100 postcards or fewer? One of our own board members, Kati Hornung, has a print shop where you can order postcards from HERE

If your order is very high volume, we recommend you 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 "Forever" 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 use an automated system for distributing voter addresses which enables postcard writers to request addresses any time during a campaign. Every set of addresses has a specific script, tailored to the city or county where the voter lives. When a writer receives addresses, they also receive the script, instructions, templates for labels, and a sample postcard document. (This sample postcard shows how we use labels for information such as the Elections Office phone number and url.)

Contact your regional organizer for more information.

Our Postcarding Work

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!

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!    

Concluded Postcarding Campaigns

2022

Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia Primaries

We sent postcards to almost 480,000 Black voters in Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia! Thank you for your hard work!

Texas: Primary Elections

We sent postcards to almost 350,000 Black voters in Texas in January-February 2022.

2021

In 2021 we completed these campaigns, mailing more than 1,000,000 postcards:

Virginia: Protect Voting Rights

Throughout September and October, postcard writers sent 332,342 postcards to Virginia voters to Get Out The Vote for the 2021 election.

Arizona: HR1/SR1 For the People Act

Our nonpartisan postcarding in partnership with One Arizona wrote 95,000 postcards 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.

Virginia Voter Registration

We mailed 440,000 postcards for Virginia'a statewide elections for Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General, and House of Delegates (primary 6/8, general 11/2).

Energy Equity, Climate Justice, Citizen Engagement with WeThePlugTho (Georgia)

Two rounds of postcards with Georgia partners We The Plug Tho. We sent 145,000 postcards to utility customers  to help them organize to have a say in their utility rates and type of energy use.