I'm writing Virginia letters. What should I write?

We're completing the following sentence on letters for the Virginia campaigns: I vote because ...

Whether you are writing "vote by mail" or "please vote!" 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. 

Below is the prompt for these letters, with examples of nonpartisan messages that would work well and partisan messages that would not work, with suggestions to make them nonpartisan (Remember: 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 onto your letter.)

I vote because:

Try these kinds of messages:

  • I want to be part of history and participate in our democracy as a voter.
  • I feel that it is 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 a child.
  • 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 want to be part of a blue wave. (Instead try: I want to be part of a movement for change.)
  • I couldn’t live with myself if more Republicans win reelection. (Instead try: I want to elect leaders to represent all of us.)
  • I want Democrats to win a majority in the Senate. (Instead try: I want representation for all of us.)
  • We need to elect representatives who will ban fracking. (Instead tryWe need representatives who care about our communities’ health and well being.)

For more on what works best for handwritten messages, see our "What should I write?" FAQ. 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.