Friday, November 18, 2016

Inaction gets us nothing.

On December 19 the Electoral College convenes to cast its votes for president.

They don't have to vote for Trump. They can vote their conscience. It's called being a faithless elector.

The Electoral College was created specifically for this - it's up to us to make it happen.

Today I wrote to the electors from the states who are able to do this (in some states they are legally bound to vote for the winner). This is my letter:

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Dear Elector,

I am writing to urge you to exercise your right to not vote for Donald Trump in the Electoral College. You currently represent a state that does not bind an elector, and I am urging you to take advantage of that fact.

The Electoral College was formed with the understanding that the electors would help decide a sitting leader who was “capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice." There are many examples from this election that indicate that the Mr. Trump does not fulfill the criteria.

But moreover, this election experienced an unprecedented level of interference, including:

· Interference from a foreign government, with Russia and Wikileaks hacking private emails and admitting to wanting to interfere with the electoral process

· Director James Comey potentially breaking 5 U.S.C. § 7323(a)(1) of the Hatch Act

· Allegations of voter suppression in key swing states, including North Carolina

· Incidents of voter intimidation, strongly encouraged by Mr. Trump

Additionally, Mr. Trump has made it clear through the selections he has made for his cabinet and transition team that he has no intention of leading all Americans or in serving the people. If there is ever a moment to consider your role and responsibility in shaping the future of our nation, it is now. I am asking you to do the right thing, and to change your vote.

Thank you for your time, your service, and your consideration.


Warmest regards,

Megan Reilly
224 Vernon St.
Saint Paul, MN 55105

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For more information:


The Electoral College was Designed to Prevent Trump. You Can Make This Happen.
Flip the 37
Time to Get Shit Done

I will update this post with any responses I receive.

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Edited 11/18/2016 7:03pm:

"Founding Fathers wanted to make sure highly populated cities didn't have total control of the election. We have proven their point. If not for Electoral College, candidates would only visit large cities and the rest of the country would have no say.
No, I am required by my pledge to uphold the voter's desires, which means more than your personal request. If we went that tour, why have an election. The electoral college was put in place to keep areas with large populations from controlling the election. The people have spoken, whether or not you like it, and that vote should stand.
Perfect practice makes perfect performance."

From Bill Conley - South Carolina


Edited 11/20/2016 12:51pm:

This email came in to me today from jrsampson@gmail.com - interestingly enough this is NOT someone that I emailed and as far as I can tell NOT an elector - if you can show me otherwise I'm happy to edit this. Am I now going to be harassed for politely asking people to do their jobs?

"Its time for you folks to sit down and shut up. Nobody cares about your feelings. Instead you should be calling for an end to violence that has erupted in the cities across this Nation. Hate will not trump Trump.

Jack Sampson

p.s. Ad hominem attacks are the FIRST refuge of scoundrels. If you choose to reply, don't be a scoundrel. Scoundrels will be ignored."

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