Southern Oregonians pen over 16,000 letters urging people to vote

Local, non-partisan letter-writing campaign penned over 16,000 letters to encourage people to vote in swing states as part of "The Big Send".

Posted: Oct 17, 2020 5:40 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2020 11:49 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — Months of work culminated in 16,395 letters being dropped off at the Post Office in northwest Medford. The letters urge people in swing states to get out and vote.

It's part of a national non-partisan letter-writing campaign called "The Big Send," which according to participants in Medford, wrote over 15 million letters.

"The message is you matter and your vote matters," Jeanne Chourad, a member of Oregon District 2 Indivisible and letter writer said. "Every vote counts in the election... so we just want to encourage people, you know, your vote is your power, and when everybody votes, we can make a difference."

Getting people to go out and vote was especially important for one of the volunteers, Dasja Dolan. 

"I cherish my constitutional right to vote," Dolan, a volunteer for the campaign said. "I was a political refugee and I was granted American citizenship."

Dolan fled former sovereign state Czechoslovakia about 40 years ago saying her vote did not matter in the "totalitarian government." She believes that it is every citizen's duty to vote in all elections.

"I just want to encourage everybody to vote, regardless of which party you belong to," Dolan said. "Everybody should have the same right to vote. I have been living in the [United States] for 40 years and for me, it's just the most precious thing. This democracy is."

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