MOSES LAKE — A thousand infrequent voters in Virginia are about to receive a postcard and handwritten note by a Moses Lake resident thousands of miles away.
Elisia Dalluge has been a member of Moms Rising, an advocacy organization which designed the postcards, since they were established in 2006. The group focuses on a myriad of issues, including paid family leave, earned sick days, affordable childcare, fair pay and childhood wellness, and utilizes its million-member volunteer base to encourage voter participation.
The group had only asked for five postcards by Oct. 21 from each volunteer. Dalluge, never one to do anything by half, blew by that puny goal and marked 1,000 postcards with a handwritten note in a single night, suffering only minor hand cramps for her efforts. With another week before the due date, she said she's eying doing as many as 5,000 by next Monday.
“Studies and statistics show that if you send a personal note to an infrequent voter, the chances of them voting skyrocket,” Dalluge said. “So to help to encourage people to use their voice and vote, that their vote matters and that they matter, and help make those changes that are necessary, I'm all about supporting that.”
Though she's working through this campaign to drum up voter participation in a state on the far-side of the country, voter participation is paramount to Dalluge.
“You have to advocate, get out there and encourage people to vote, write a letter-to-the-editor, write something on social media, encourage people to get things passed,” Dalluge said.
Emry Dinman can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.