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Postcarding

Starting Jan 14 2022: Texas!

This year, we’ll begin by postcarding to 730,000 Black registered voters in Texas, urging them to vote in the upcoming March 1 primary.  Only 1 in 25 Texas voters participate in primaries, yet their voices are crucial to choosing candidates that will address all this and more: 

  • threats to democracy, voting and vote counting, 
  • crumbling electrical grids with freezing and flooding, 
  • high rates of COVID, 
  • school policies.

Postcards must be mailed by Feb 14, so get ready now!

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. 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

2021 postcard campaigns are on a smaller scale than 2020. We have completed these campaigns:

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 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

440,000 postcard addresses: Virginia has 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 wrote to 90,000 utility customers  to help them organize to have a say in their utility rates and type of energy use.