I'm writing "thank you for voting" letters. What should I write?
We're completing the following sentence on "thank you for voting" letters: I voted too because ...
What you ordinarily write on “please vote!” letters about why you vote will work on these letters too. But you could also specifically consider your memories from 2020, and zero in on why voting in November was important to you.
As with all Vote Forward letters, we ask you to keep your messages nonpartisan, as nonpartisan messages work better than partisan messages. Partisan means “one-sided,” and in this context a partisan message shows strong support for a particular candidate, party, or cause.
Here is the prompt for the “thank you for voting” letters, with examples of nonpartisan messages that would work well and partisan messages that would not work, with suggestions to make them nonpartisan (Remember: The most personal messages are the ones that come from your own unique experiences and perspective, so we recommend that you use the examples below as guidance when you craft your own message, rather than copying them directly into your letter.)
I voted too because:
Try these kinds of messages:
- I wanted to be part of history and participate in our democracy as a voter.
- I felt that it was extra important to speak up because our country is going through such a challenging time
- I care about the future of our country, and I wanted to make my voice heard.
- I've always remembered how inspired I felt going to the polls with my Mom when I was little.
- My vote is a way to create a better future for all of us, with good jobs, good healthcare, and safe communities.
Avoid these kinds of messages, or make them nonpartisan:
- I wanted to be part of a blue wave. (Instead try: I wanted to be part of a movement for change.)
- I couldn’t live with myself if Trump was reelected. (Instead try: I wanted to elect leaders to represent all of us.)
- I wanted Democrats to win a majority in the Senate. (Instead try: I wanted representation for all of us.)
- We need to elect representatives who will ban fracking. (Instead try: We need representatives who are about our communities’ health and well being.)
For more on what works best for handwritten messages, see our "What should I write?" FAQ.
Note about recent Georgia legislation that restricts voting access: Georgia’s legislation to restrict voting access is deeply troubling to all of us, but when writing “thank you for voting” letters to Georgia voters, please stay focused on the prompt in the letter, and add a message about why you voted in 2020.
We are writing to first-time and infrequent voters with the aim of encouraging them to become committed voters like us. This FAQ offers guidance on what to write, but on the whole, it is important to stay positive about voting, and the best messages generate excitement about voting and make it seem easy and accessible. We ask you to stick with this messaging guidance because a negative or discouraging message could result in new voters becoming “never again” voters, and messaging that is outside of the prompt or that doesn’t encourage future voting could skew the results of this experiment.