Write letters to the editor
Help us create both local and national media attention to support direct election and abolish the outdated Electoral College by writing a letter to the editor or an op-ed piece for your newspaper.
Tips for writing letters to the editor:
- Be brief and focus on one issue. Most newspapers reserve the right to edit letters that are too long. Letters to the editor should be no more than 150-160 words.
- Get personal. Relay personal experiences or stories to add
a unique, individual touch to your interest in electoral reform.
- Keep it simple. You may have great opinions on lots of issues, but only discuss one issue in your letter to the editor.
- If possible, refer to local events or recent articles that have appeared in the newspaper. Be sure to include the date and title of any article or editorial you reference.
- Encourage readers to speak out or contact their legislators about the issue.
- Give your address and phone number. Most newspapers will want to verify that you actually wrote the letter before they print it.
- If your letter to the editor is published, please let us know by emailing info(at)fairvote.org
- We also suggest clipping your published letter to the editor and mailing or faxing it to relevant legislators.
For more talking points, see Concerns with the Electoral College and Reform Options.
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