FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Information for Postcard Writers

What is the Blue Wave Postcard Movement (BWPM)?

We are a nonprofit focused on turning out millions more voters in November 2020 and beyond through peer-to-peer postcard outreach. Our goal is building communities and getting people out to vote through personalized and effective postcards (our postcards include websites, phone numbers, scanning codes and more to make it much easier for voters). At the moment, we are focused on Vote By Mail in Swing States, which we believe could determine the outcome of November's election. We also try to engage underrepresented groups in the Democratic and grassroots process. To learn more about Blue Wave Postcard Movement, visit About.

What's your current campaign?

We only focus on key battleground states. We have been working in Florida, Arizona, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. You can find out more information about the campaigns here.

Why focus on Vote By Mail?

People are much more likely to vote by mail - especially in the pandemic. Come November, voters may not want to stand in long lines and risk exposure. By then, it will be too late to get their ballots (In some Swing States, you must request a mail-in ballot. These are the voters we are targeting). In October, we will switch to a Get Out the Vote effort reminding voters to vote early, use ballot boxes, sign their ballots, etc. The more people join our movement, the more states and campaigns can we get involved in.

Which campaign should I select?

They are all important. Select whichever one you want.

How do I join the Movement?

Sign up here to join the movement!

Can I write postcards without joining a group?

Yes, you can. When you go to check out and are asked - Are you already in a postcard group? - just select: "No: I would like to do it on my own." For coordination and quality control, we do like postcard writers to join a group if they can. You can find an existing group to work with on our Group Map (some groups accept members from the public), or you can register to become an organizer.

Who do we write to and what do we write on the postcards?

You will be writing to registered Democrats and liberal Independents in key battleground states where voter turnout is crucial. We will provide you with up-to-date addresses and a scripted handwritten message on an instruction sheet. We also try to reach new or underrepresented voters in the Swing States.

How quickly do we need to complete our postcards?

With the election so close, we are asking you to complete and mail all your postcards within a week after receiving them, if at all possible. Time is of the essence.

Why do you have part of the message printed on the cards? Isn’t it better to handwrite everything?

Research shows that just a small, personal touch on a postcard is all that is needed. With some of the messages printed, your job as a postcard writer is made simpler and far more efficient.

What preprinted information do you include?

We include a special website (and a QR scanning code that links to that website) that make it MUCH easier for voters to sign up for Vote By Mail. If possible, we include phone numbers of election offices. In October, our cards will have a lot of information on where to drop off your ballot, etc.

Where do I get addresses to send the postcards to?

Every kit includes addresses, postcards and instructions. You can get kits from our online store.

We focus on long-term community building and using postcard writing as a gateway to sustained activism. Can I write postcards without joining a group?

Unfortunately no. When you purchase postcard kits from our website, you'll need to provide a valid group name. For coordination, quality control, and fundraising purposes, we would like you to work with a registered organizer. You can find an existing group to work with on our Group Map, or you can register to become an organizer.

Who do we write to and what do we write on the postcards?

You will be writing to new or low propensity, underrepresented voters in battleground states where voter turnout is crucial. We will provide you with addresses and suggested talking points on an instruction sheet.

Why do you have part of the message printed on the cards? Isn’t it better to handwrite everything?

Research shows that just a small, personal touch on a postcard is all that is needed. With some of the messages printed, your job as a postcard writer is made simpler and far more efficient.

Should we sign our names on the postcards?

Feel free to sign your first name or initials. Do not sign your full name or include your address.

Do personalized postcards really make a difference?

Yes! See Postcard Impact.

Should we bundle the postcards with a rubber band when we mail them?

No. The USPS says that you should put them loose in the big blue mailboxes or in your personal outgoing mailbox. Rubber bands get stuck in the sorting equipment so they need to be removed manually before the postcards are sorted. If you hand them to a postal employee at the post office, put them in a bin so they can take the postcards from you easily, but again, no rubber bands.

What if I need help paying for stamps?

Stamps are the single biggest expense in writing BWPM postcards, and we'd like to help. We provide stamp assitance through our organizers. Please contact your group organizer if you find paying for stamps a financial hardship. If you are an Individual Contributor, please contact Eve, our coordinator for the Individual Contributors, using this form