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Postcarding

Virginia and North Carolina are live! Next up: Georgia!

Get in touch with your Regional Organizer to start.

Florida - We concluded our campaign on August 8. Thanks for your hard work!

Virginia - We are postcarding to 260,000 infrequent Black voters in 21 cities/counties in Virginia, where Early Voting begins September 23.

  • Early voting: September 23 - November 5
  • Write postcards: July 26 - October 1
  • Mail postcards: DON'T MAIL until September 5 - October 1

North Carolina - We are postcarding to 434,000 infrequent Black voters in 20 counties in North Carolina, where Early Voting begins October 20.

  • Early voting: October 20 - November 5
  • Write postcards: Today - October 25
  • Mail postcards: DON'T MAIL until October 13 - October 25

Next Campaigns Launch Dates: Georgia, August 12

Want to volunteer? Sign up and learn about how to write with 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.

Important: Deep South Etiquette

Part of our unique mission in reaching out to Black voters in southern states (such as Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina) is to write with a heartfelt respect. This respect in our postcarding language, in particular addressing Black voters as "Miss" or "Mister", is known as Deep South Etiquette. One of our volunteers explains the history and necessary manners for Deep South Etiquette... please take some time before you write with us to really read and understand why this is so important.

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!    

Is Postcarding Effective? YES!

Hard data from the last several years of our postcarding work have yielded the encouraging fact that... yes! Postcarding increases voter engagement, and reaches voters who do not have a phone number on file, or may not have mobile phones for texting outreach. See our report.

Petersburg, Virginia - 2021

43%
Black Voter Turnout
Received Postcard Only

Out of 6,534 Black voters contacted, 2,736 or 43% voted.
NOTE: These voters had no phone number on file.

Georgia, 2020

We mailed postcards to 143,000 purged voters in the 2020
Georgia primaries, 3.3% of them registered to vote.

Onslow, North Carolina 2019

3%
Black voters re-registered
Before Contact
43%
Black Voter Turnout
Received Postcard

+23% increase of Black voters re-registering to vote

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.