THANK OUR ELECTION OFFICIALS
Protect Our Election is organizing an effort to connect community activists with their local election officials.
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We Are Democracy: Thank You Toolkit
The We Are Democracy campaign is targeting the week of December 14 for our initial wave of appreciation. This timing aligns with the formal casting of votes by the Electoral College - which represents the culmination of so much hard work and, we hope, a time when our election officials might be able to finally sit back and reflect on a job well done.
That being said, we certainly encourage you to show your appreciation for your election officials at your convenience. Our hope is that this movement becomes evergreen and helps build a continuing connection between our communities and the officials who administer democracy.
This toolkit includes several ways for you to take action and strengthen that bond:
Sample language for use on social media
A suggested script for video messages
Sample language for a typed or handwritten letter
A postcard template to print at home
Ideas and inspiration for art projects to honor your local officials
Opportunities to organize a COVID-safe thank you event in your community
Recipes for homemade appreciation treats
For items that need to be mailed (postcards, letters, etc), our election official database will provide you with the appropriate mailing address and additional contact info. Please simply search for your county in the search/dropdown box below. NOTE: Residents of CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT should search by town, not county.
You can also sign up to organize a small outdoor event in your community through our partners at Public Citizen and Common Cause. They've put together resources and are gathering volunteers here. Please mention you came referred through Protect Our Election!
Finally, we have set up a fund to support the production and distribution of custom challenge pins in honor of election workers. We'll be sending these tokens to as many officials and volunteers around the country as we can; making a donation will ensure that your local official will be one of the recipients.
Democracy prevailed in 2020.
Despite facing an unprecedented confluence of challenges, America's election officials pulled off the most secure election in our nation's history. They made the most of inadequate funding, they installed safety measures to guard against COVID-19, they turned a potential shortage of poll workers into a surplus, they strengthened our cyber defenses, they fought disinformation, and they withstood a manipulative domestic political assault that called their competence and patriotism into question.
They protected our election.
Our election officials and poll workers are American heroes. Hundreds of thousands of your fellow citizens stepped up across 50 states and 2,974 counties and accomplished something that deserves our collective praise.
Protect Our Election is coordinating a nation-wide effort to thank these public servants for their tireless work, and we would love your help. This grassroots campaign, which we're calling We Are Democracy, has a goal of delivering tokens of appreciation to at least 50,000 election officials and local poll workers.
We need you to lead the effort in your community. Sign up to be a part of the effort, and see below for our toolkit including postcard templates, a letter script, social media sample language, opportunities to organize events in your community, and ideas for homemade art projects and recipes!
Send us a picture of what you've done in your community, and we will feature it here. Remember to include a reference to 'We Are Democracy' in order to help reinforce the idea that this sentiment is shared nationwide.
Submissions can be sent to info@protectourelection, or simply tweet it to @OurElection.