Target: Members of the Electoral College
Goal: Prevent a disastrous future for our country and refuse to cast a vote for Trump.
The results of the presidential election have half the country living in fear of an ominous future in which their rights could be stripped from them, but there is still one way we can avoid this future. The election results of November 8 are just a projection of the election outcome–the real decision will be made when the Electoral College votes, as per the Constitution.
There is no Constitutional or federal law that requires electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their state. Some states do require it, but 21 states do not restrict which candidate Electors vote for. Of those 21 states, Hillary Clinton lost the popular vote in 16.
A presidential candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win. Based on projections, Hillary Clinton is expected to receive 232 votes while Donald Trump is expected to win 306. The 16 states that Clinton lost and that do not have restrictions on how electors vote are Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. They are worth a total of 166 electoral votes. In order to change the projected outcome of the election, only 37 of those votes need to be taken away from Trump. If 37 members of the Electoral College from any of those states abstain, neither candidate will reach 270 and the vote will move to the House; if 38 of them vote for Clinton instead, she will have won.
It is extremely rare for an elector to become what is called a “faithless elector” and not vote as pledged. However, the outcome of Election Night has shown us all that expectations do not dictate reality, and that the unprecedented is possible. Trump is the projected winner of the election, but Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, meaning that more than half of the country’s voters want her as our president. Even if it is an unprecedented move, it is within the Electoral College’s power to reverse this outcome and honor the choice and the needs of more than half the country. Sign below and urge the Electoral College to act in the best interest of America and keep Donald Trump out of the Oval Office.
Dear Members of the U.S. Electoral College,
It is up to you and you alone to determine in what direction this country is headed. Donald Trump is an extremely dangerous man; he has proven himself to be racist and bigoted, he plans to strip thousands of Americans of their civil rights, and is uniquely unqualified to be our President. You are able to protect our country and prevent him from taking office, and I beg you to do so.
There is no Constitutional or federal law preventing electors from abstaining or supporting a candidate other than the one to whom they are bound, and 21 U.S. states do not require electors to cast a vote in line with the state’s popular vote. Of those states, Idaho, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania are projected for Trump. Of those 166 electoral votes, 37 must be taken away from Trump to prevent him from winning, and Hillary must gain 38 votes in order to win instead.
It may be extremely rare to become a “faithless elector”, and unprecedented to reverse the projected outcome of an election, but it is your duty to do what is best for the country. Clinton won the popular vote, meaning that the majority of American voters do not want Donald Trump as their president. To reverse this outcome would be to listen to public opinion instead of overriding it. I urge you to hear the voices of the majority of America, who crave a safe country in which their rights will not be taken away. Please do not cast your vote for Donald Trump.
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