Host A Virtual Letter Writing Party


If we are going to transform our government this November, we need unprecedented voter turnout. Vote Forward letters encouraging the recipient to vote have been proven, through repeated scientific testing, to increase the likelihood that a voter will turn out in an election. They are more effective at turning out voters than handwritten postcards.

Letter writing is also an easy first action for new volunteers to take and a great way to make an impact no matter where you are. So, we're recommending an innovative combination of tactics that uses volunteer power to get voters to the polls en masse. It involves us writing personal letters—lots of letters—to get people to the polls even if you are thousands of miles away. This is the power of a grassroots activist movement, and what we can do when we work together.

The good news is that we can help turn out voters from home by writing letters, and we don’t have to do it alone! As we all know, physical distancing is an important tool to keep us all healthy now. We encourage you to practice physical distancing and avoid holding large in-person events. This toolkit will help you run virtual letter writing parties so we can continue to connect, build grassroots communities, write letters and make a difference!

How Does Get Out The Vote By Mail Work?

Swing Left is working with Vote Forward to help volunteers write letters from home or host Virtual Letter Writing Parties. Our Swing Left groups and volunteers have pioneered in-person letter writing parties that have resulted in millions of letters, and now they will lead us in hosting virtual parties, too.

Volunteers will be writing turnout letters for the general election and “banking” these letters to send in late October—right when voters are ready to go to the polls. From time to time, we’ll also be writing letters for special elections and participating in smaller Vote Forward tests that will help them learn the most effective ways to turnout and register voters by mail.

Going Virtual

Virtual letter writing parties are similar to in-person letter writing parties, except for two differences: