Postcarding 101

Postcarding is just what it sounds like. You send postcards to crucial could-be voters in special election states. You drive up voter participation. You flip seats.

It’s easy, it’s fun, and it has real impact. And you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to do it. But invite people over–it’s great to do in groups!

Here’s everything you need to get started:

  • Postcards
  • Markers
  • Stamps
  • A script and some addresses

You can find cheap postcards on the net. Blanks are great4×6 blank index cards are fine, or find something with an inoffensive image. Markers don’t cost much either. Stamps are cheapest directly from the post office, but you can save a trip by ordering them online too.

Those are the basic materials. Then you just need to know whom to write to. That’s easy too. Sign up at Postcards to Voters. Or send an email to [email protected] or text HELLO to ABBY The Address Bot at 1-484-ASK-ABBY (which is 1-484-275-2229).

They’ll ask for a quick sample (which you can sketch out on a piece of spare paper–no need to use up a postcard). From there on, you’re launched. You’ll be able to order up addresses in any amount at any time. They’ll arrive with a required script (e.g. “Democrat Gayle Jordan is running for State Senate…”) and some extra verbiage you can add or not. Decorate, flip over, add script, add address, add stamp, repeat.

Next thing you know, you’re an activist. You’re turning the U.S. blue, one seat at a time. Invite friends and family to join in, if you want company. Make it a potluck. This is good, all-ages flipping activity. If a kid can form the letters V, O, T, and E, they can postcard.

Proudly post your output on twitter, hastagging #PostcardsToVoters, if you like.

Then repeat at regular intervals (say, every Sunday). Keep on going till November and beyond.

Thanks in advance. Have fun!