[If you’ve seen a recent article on this subject from the news outlet, you should include the article’s title and the date it was published at the beginning of your letter. ]
As a longtime [city/town] resident, I’m writing to urge my fellow Georgians to make a plan to vote in the January 5th runoff elections. If the COVID-19 pandemic has made one thing clear, it’s that Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are more than happy to put their own selfish interests ahead of the health and well-being of their constituents. Instead of representing Georgians, they represent the worst of Washington, using their positions of power to attack our fundamental freedoms and prioritizing partisan politics over saving Georgian lives.
But these runoffs aren’t about politics — they’re about making sure that the people of Georgia are represented by leaders who share our values and truly have our best interests at heart. Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock, without a doubt, are those leaders. It’s up to voters like us to do everything we can to send them to the Senate so they can fight for working families, get Georgians the relief we need, and stand up for the freedoms we hold most dear.
[Your Name, City/Town]
- Look up the name of your target paper or news outlet if you don’t already know it. And remember, smaller outlets are more likely to publish your letter than larger ones!
- Once you’ve identified the outlet you want to write to, look at its guidelines for submitting letters to the editor. Some outlets use online forms, while others will ask you to submit your letter to a specific email address. For example, here are the guidelines for a few different outlets in Georgia:
- Figure out how long your letter is allowed to be. Many outlets cap the number of words per letter anywhere from 150–250 words, so you should double-check the limit for the outlet you’re submitting to and keep it in mind as you’re writing.
- Now it’s time to start drafting your letter! You can use the template we’ve provided and briefly add in your own experiences and perspective, or you can draft your letter from scratch — just remember to keep an eye on the word count.
- Submit your letter and wait to see if it’s published!