Postcarding

After writing postcards at home for two Covid years, we are back to meeting in-person! We meet upstairs at the Town & Country on Winslow Way on Bainbridge Island every Wednesday at 2 pm. We call it Postcards on Wednesday. Join us!

If you can’t make it to Postcards on Wednesday, you can pick up cards from homes on Bainbridge Island and Suquamish and write them at home. Email Kathy for specifics. 

We are focused on re-electing what are considered the most vulnerable U.S. Senate races: Sen, Mark Kelly in Arizona Sen. Raphael Warnock in Georgia and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada). Currently, we are writing  to voters in Arizona. We get addresses and scripts from Activate America.

In the coming months, we’ll be writing to flip some U.S. Senate seats. While we’re not sure exactly which states Activate America will support, we think they will be Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. We’re also hoping for Ohio and North Carolina.

Activate America has experience in flipping California congressional districts from red to blue, and has identified four flippable California congressional districts and three California congressional districts that need defending. We’ll participate in those postcard writing campaigns, too.

We will also be joining forces with Indivisible Eastside to write postcards in support of Dr. Kim Schrier in CD-8 and to write in support of Emily Randall, running for state senator in LD 26 (Bremerton to Gig Harbor).

Why Activate America? Because of the way Activate America is organized legally, they can do real campaign advocacy. That means their messaging is free to advocate for a candidate. Activate America also works closely with the candidates to develop the messaging. Organizations like Reclaim Our Vote can’t advocate and as a result, their messaging is bland.

About stamps
We use 40 cent postcard stamps (they are less expensive than stamps for envelopes). They come in rolls of 100 for $40 or sheets of 20 for $8.00 The Bainbridge Island, Suquamish and Poulsbo post offices usually have them in stock; rolls of 100 can also be ordered from the USPS. Each writer should plan to provide their own stamps if possible. Arrangements can be made for writers who are on a limited budget.

Mailing postcards
When we have a contact in a target state, we box up our postcards and mail them to our contact for local mailing. When we don’t have a contact, we mail our postcards off-island to get a Tacoma postmark. (Anything mailed from Bainbridge Island would get a “lefty” Seattle postmark.)

Postcard writing tips

  • Don’t write with red ink. At least 8% of men and .5% of women have red-green color-blindness. If you use red ink for highlighting, it doesn’t look like a highlight to these people. Plus, red is the color of that party. Blue or black ink with yellow highlighting is preferable.
  • Write legibly. Printing often works best. If the recipient can’t read the message, what’s the point of sending the card?
  • Decorate your postcards. Some writers use stickers or draw stars or flowers, or use color to make the card more attractive to read.
  • Do not use the “flag” stamp or flag images. Research shows that people who see flags before voting tend to vote for Republicans. Do not use images or stickers of dogs no matter how cute, especially when writing to southern states, as dogs were and are used to intimidate.

How to get started with our postcarding program: Email Kathy.

What we’ve learned about postcard writing