Alamedans Pitch In

Alamedans Pitch In

Local residents join letter writers across the country

More than 100 Alamedans have written 30,000 letters with personal messages to voters urging them to cast their ballots in our national election by Nov. 3.

Sandra Biroc (left) stands with one tray among thousands of letters sent to the post office. She is a member of All Rise Alameda, which spearheaded the project locally. “We wrote things like ‘a strong democracy relies on everybody voting,” she said.

Asked why she devoted so much of her time this year to writing to other voters, she said “I feel like there’s a growing crisis in this country and I want to do something to make things better.”

A number of Alamedans organized the local letter-writing drive which began last January, including Betsy Mathieson (center), Mary Claire Neumann (seated) and Carol Alliger (right).  

The letters are destined to arrive in voters’ mailboxes just before Election Day in Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Iowa, Arizona and Florida. They were mailed Oct.16 and 17, part of the 15 million letters sent from voters to voters across the U.S.

All Rise Alameda volunteers who took part in the letter-writing campaign continue to send their messages through Election Day with phone calls and texts. For more information, email