Kathy Kerridge and the Progressive Democrats of Benicia sponsored 12 letter writing parties to train people how to write letters for Vote Forward and to write and send the letters.
Letters were written to low propensity voters (those who did not vote in at least three of the last four elections) located in “super states.” Super states are not only key for the Presidential election, but also either have a Senate race or a need to elect a democratic state legislature for redistricting reasons.
The letters encouraged people to vote. They were hand addressed and had a personalized handwritten message. This has been shown to be effective in increasing voter turnout.
Kathy hosted the 12 parties on Zoom. They started in May and went through October 12.
The Big Send date was October 17. Kathy wrote, “I had over 40 people participate. Many people came to several parties. We were from all over the country and ranged in age from high school to 90 years old. We wrote 8,395 plus letters.”
Over 16 million letters were sent to voters all over the country. This far surpassed the original goal of 10 million letters. Kathy continued, “Our top letter writer wrote 2600 letters. One couple wrote 1340. With every letter went a hope to get that person to the polls. This was a fun way to contribute to the election without having to leave home.”