Whether or not you agree with the election results, it should bother you that your vote isn’t worth as much as someone in another state.

Myth #1 about the Electoral College: It protects small states from big states.

  • No. Trump didn’t win the election because of small states. He won the election because 107,330 people in three states voted for him. Nearly 50% of the population in those states voted for Clinton instead.
  • Neither Clinton nor Trump visited the rural regions in these swing states.

Truth #1 about the Electoral College: No one cares, nor have they ever cared about small states

  • The Electoral College was created by rich white men who didn’t trust the populace at large to safeguard their (slave-owning) interests. They wanted a way to stop the electorate from putting someone in office that they didn’t like (See #68 of Hamilton’s Federalist Papers).

Myth #2 about the Electoral College: There’s no point in protesting it because it will never change.

  • They said the same thing to MLK.

Truth #2 about the Electoral College: Getting change will take work.

  • We should not expect that the change we seek in the Electoral College will come soon, but we should not quit.

Even if you agree with the election results, it should bother you that not all votes are created equally. It takes 705,454 Californians to get a single electoral vote that people living in Wyoming can get with only 194,717 votes.

But what about all of those people illegally casting ballots?

  • Electoral College doesn’t offset that
  • These allegations are largely unsubstantiated.
  • In 2015, Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act that MLK, etc., fought for. As a result, it was ACTUALLY MORE DIFFICULT to vote. Who do you think that affected? That’s right, the poor and disadvantaged.

What can you do?

  • Residents of WI, MI, FL and PA are calling for a recount. Election irregularities have already been revealed in one county, but Snopes warns not to get your hopes up about an audit resulting in a significant change in the results.
    • WI Elections Commission: 608-266-8005
    • MI Board of Elections: 517-373-2540
    • FL Division of Elections: 850-245-6200
    • PA Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation: 717-787-5280
    • NC Election Board: (919) 733-7173
  • Residents of WI, MI, FL, PA, and NC are calling their Secretaries of State requesting an investigation into voting irregularities. For contact information and scripts see: http://nastywomengetshitdone.weebly.com/steps-for-action.html
  • Residents of Wisconsin, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida and Arizona are contacting their representatives requesting an investigation into voter suppression: http://strategycampsite.org/us-all—list.html
  • Individuals are asking President Obama to declare a national state of emergency and exercise his authority under National Security Presidential Directive 51 to maintain authority until the resolution of the voting crisis. We are also calling upon him to draft an order for a Suppression Extension to be held. This would allow states in which voter suppression tactics to file an extension in order for these voters to cast their votes from the most safe and accessible locations possible: http://strategycampsite.org/strategy-to-stop-trump.html
  • Individuals are contacting Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to investigate voter suppression: http://strategycampsite.org/attorney-general-loretta-lynch.html
  • Individuals are calling the Department of Justice (DoJ) requesting an injunction into the FBI’s violation of the Hatch Act and Russia’s interference in the election. Again, Snopes warns that there is little evidence that the DOJ is actually taking action on this. A recommended script and list of contacts:

My name is (name) and I’m a concerned citizen living in (city, state). I’m calling because I believe the Senator is part of the Senate Select Committee for Intelligence. Is that correct? (Answer: YES) Because of the many reports stating that the NSA had proof of Russian hacks of balloting system vendors and voter databases, I am requesting that the Senator and the committee launch an immediate investigation into possible election tampering. Thank you.

Subcommittee on Intelligence 202-224-1700

Richard Burr (NC) (Chair) 800-685-8916

Dan Coates (IN) 317-554-0750

Susan Collins (ME) 207-622-8414

James Lankford (OK) 405-231-4941

Diane Feinstein (CA) 415-393-0707

Barbara Mikulski (MD) 410-962-4510

Martin Heinrich (NM) 508-325-5030

Mazie Hirono (HI) 202-224-6361

Angus King (ME) 207-945-8000

Mark Warner (VA) 757-441-3079

Ron Wyden (OR) 503-589-4555

Tom Cotton (AR) 479-751-0879

Roy Blunt (Missouri) 816-471-7141

Marco Rubio (FL) 407-254-2573

Jim Rush (ID) 208-342-7985

Contact members of the Electoral College who aren’t required to vote for the candidate their state has chosen. Telephone numbers and email addresses: http://flipthe37.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-nuclear-option.html and http://nastywomengetshitdone.weebly.com/steps-for-action.html

Sign a petition to encourage them not to vote for Trump

Peacefully protest on December 19th (the day the Electoral College will meet) and on the day of the Inauguration (January 20th) to rally the spirits of supporters, to remind observers that this issue matters, and to gain the sort of media attention that will encourage lawmakers to take action

Or, don’t go to work or buy anything on the day of the Inauguration (January 20th) as part of a National Strike

Contact federal legislature to urge them to take a stand on removing the Electoral College.

Most effective: Call local offices for senators/representatives

Also effective: Call the national offices for senators/representatives

Also effective: Emailing and writing letters isn’t as effective as calling, but it still helps.

Less effective: Contacting officials via Twitter and Facebook

Tell, email, Tweet, and post to Facebook to encourage friends, family and neighbors to follow your example

Challenge future candidates to add Electoral College reform to their platforms

Urge your state legislature to enact the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement for each state and DC to award all of their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote

Most effective: Call state officials

Also effective: Emailing and writing letters isn’t as effective as calling, but it still helps.

Less effective: Contacting officials via Twitter and Facebook

Also consider signing petition

Tell, email, Tweet, and post to Facebook to encourage friends, family and neighbors to follow your example

Take a stand on measures that will encourage people to vote in general

Pressure your state legislature to fight gerrymandering and to institute measures to improve voter turnout such as automatic voter registration, which registers citizens to vote when they interact with government agencies unless the citizen declines, and transfers voter-registration information to election offices. This reduces voter fraud, saves money, decreases errors, and boosts voter registration. States that have already approved this include Vermont, Alaska, West Virginia, Oregon, California and Connecticut.

http://www.voteriders.org/ helps voters obtain required identification in states with voter ID laws. Educate yourself, contribute, sign-up for email updates, and find out how to help voters obtain the required IDs.

In the next election,

Encourage friends/family/neighbors to register to vote via face-to-face discussions, email, Twitter, Facebook posts, etc.

Volunteer in voter registration drives

Volunteer to give rides to polling stations