Target: Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, Executive Director of the U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation
Goal: Applaud advocates’ efforts to help absentee voters participate in upcoming elections with the release of a new voting tool and campaign
For Americans living and working overseas participating in their nation’s elections is often a daunting process. Yet according to a recent press release from Common Cause, absentee voting is on the rise. Twice as many people have requested absentee ballots for the 2014 elections as did just four years earlier. Together with other advocacy groups, including Verified Voting, Rock the Vote and the U.S. and Overseas Vote Foundation, Common Cause is working hard to improve the process with a new campaign.
Pamela Smith, President of Verified Voting, explains the importance of their work. “For too many Americans who need to vote absentee–whether they’re stationed overseas in the military, a college student, or just someone who will be out of town on Election Day–the process can seem confusing, so they just don’t vote.” Thanks to the new voting tool created as a part of the campaign, Smith says the process is now “as easy as one, two, three: 1) Request your ballot. 2) Mark it. 3) Mail it back.”
With so many crucial issues due to come before voters in 2014–from labeling genetically modified foods, to universal paid sick leave, fracking bans and cannabis legalization–the “Mail the Vote” campaign is indeed timely. Applaud advocacy groups’ efforts to help Americans participate in the democratic process regardless of where they live, study or work on Election Day.
Dear Ms. Dzieduszycka-Suinat,
As you know, the right to vote is a key component of any successful democracy. American citizens living and working overseas often find the absentee voting process to be cumbersome, leaving a growing segment of the voting public either unwilling or unable to participate. I am writing to thank you and all your colleagues with the “Mail the Vote” campaign for your hard work improving the process for absentee voters, who deserve the opportunity to make decisions about their local and federal government.
The stakes continue to rise in local elections as well as national. While much has been said about the lack of progressive reforms in Congress, many states’ ballots are full of potential to either improve or else worsen the quality of life for their residents. Controversial issues such as fracking bans and labeling bills for genetically modified foods will appear on ballots side-by-side funding measures for schools, parks and libraries.
These are issues that matter to many Americans, including those who will be outside of the United States during elections. Thank you for your work on the Mail the Vote campaign, and for helping absentee voters have a say in their governance.
[Your Name Here]
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