A shorter election season means we need to donate & volunteer for candidates now!
In the Vermont Primary, voters returned their mail-in ballots quickly!
Everyone in Vermont will automatically receive a mail-in ballot for the general election. And these mail-in ballots will be sent out in mid-September. So we need to be campaigning hard in September and October!
Share this post with 10 of your friends and/or family members in Rutland County to make sure they got it.
Are you on social media? Be sure to follow the candidates and the Rutland County Democrats:
Like and share posts. Write your own posts and tag the candidates and/or the Democrats and we’ll boost them!
Links to the candidates can be found at
Be on the lookout for details about doing a literature drop. We would be leaving literature at people’s doors, not knocking on the doors or having a conversation. We would be wearing masks and practicing social distancing. If we do this, we will be trying to hit the entire county by October 10th. So we need a lot of volunteers!
Write postcards, make phone calls, and/or put out lawn signs for your favorite Rutland County candidate. Or join a Rutland County candidate in holding signs and waving at passersby! (While wearing a mask and practicing social distancing, of course.) This is a great way to boost visibility and name recognition for your candidate.
For Rutland County candidates, see the list of Events in our calendar or contact the candidates directly through the contact information listed here:
Phonebanking with the Vermont Democratic Party has already begun! Right now, they’re focusing on initial outreach to voters about the issues that matter to them. There will be more opportunities to phonebank for state-wide candidates in the future. To find an event, go here:
Write an op ed or a letter to the editor supporting your favorite candidate. Or share your reasons for not voting for their opponent – help inform the public! (for an example, see https://www.rutlandherald.com/opinion/letters/nix-peterson/article_dc483eba-6020-5131-bb33-8c5c1a230a05.html)
Let us know if you need tips on what to write or want someone to proofread your letter. And if you’re not comfortable writing the letter yourself, but would be happy to put your name on a letter that someone else writes if the content strikes your fancy, we can help with that too!
The below tips for writing letters to the editor were derived from https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/write-letters-editor-really-get-attention/
WHY WRITE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
WHAT IF YOU’RE NOT COMFORTABLE WRITING?
Ask party leadership if they have letters that have already been written that you can submit under your name. Many election committees have volunteers churning these letters out. They will probably have a letter that really speaks to you and seems perfect for submission under your name.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR LETTER
1. QUESTION A BAD CANDIDATE’S “BRAND.” Pull from the “Biography” page of the candidate’s website.
2. KNOW THEIR RECORD. Research a candidate’s record on their website, in the news or in the legislature.
3. CALL A BAD CANDIDATE OUT-OF-TOUCH WITH THE DISTRICT.
4. SHOW THEM YOU HAVE A LONG MEMORY. Talk about an issue that’s not in the headlines.
5. PUT YOUR LETTER IN LOCAL TERMS… AND PUT A CANDIDATE ON THE SPOT.
6. DEFY STEREOTYPES. Papers receive many letters from strong liberals/conservatives. Show you’re different.
WHAT IF YOUR LETTER ISN’T PRINTED?
Don’t sweat it! It’s not personal. Newspapers get hundreds of submissions. They may print your next letter.
Your letter may help boost the signal on others’ letters even if it wasn’t published. When editors see a lot of letters coming in on a particular topic, they are more likely to print at least one on the topic.
You should still post the content of your letter on social media, tagging candidates you’re boosting. And email the content to RutlandCountyDemocratsVT@gmail.com to share on the Rutland County Democrats Facebook page.
Ultimately, letters to the editor are a long game. Keep trying. Your voice makes a difference.