Remember the shock felt around the world November 9th? Well, let’s have another! HOPE is a four letter word my friends. Use it!
A bit about the electoral college: The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators. Read more about the allocation of electoral votes.
We need 37 electors to flip their votes. A Harvard Law Professor, Larry Lessig, now says via a survey there are 20-30 electors ready to do so.
This would be a surprising turn of events, but the 2016 election cycle has been full of them. Moreover, concerns for the integrity of our democracy are real.
Who is Doing What?
In Congress, Article by The Washington Post, Dec. 14th. :
- Virginia congressman calls for delay in electoral college vote: Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) is calling on fellow members of Congress to delay a Dec. 19 electoral college vote because of reports about foreign interference in the presidential election aimed at helping elect Republican Donald Trump.
- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid also called for an intelligence briefing for electors Tuesday evening.
- Beyer said in a midday telephone interview that his call “mirrors closely” what Reid said, although he did not coordinate or notify other members of Congress of his call for a delay. “With due respect to the leadership, I nevertheless had a responsibility to speak out,” Beyer said. “There’s no such thing as a small voice.”
Electors & Related:
- Bipartisan Electors Ask James Clapper: Release Facts on Outside Interference in U.S. Election: The signatures on the letter have grown. During my post on 12/12, the number of signatures was 10. Today–4 days later–the total is 71.
- Texas Republican and presidential elector, Christopher Suprun, explained why he won’t vote for Trump in a letter to The New York Times.
- #AskTheElectors.org: ASKING YOU to voice your concerns. There is still time. So far, 204,070 people have written in.
Protests: Are scheduled at state houses across the nation. Go to December 19th: http://december19.us/ for more info. You can volunteer as well. If you can’t make it to your state capitol, check for protests at city halls.
FIND YOUR STATE CAPITOL PROTEST AND RSVP FOR THE DECEMBER 19TH EVENTS
“These actions will be peaceful, patriotic, nonviolent, and family-friendly. Everyone taking part must agree to these terms of participation. You will receive updates from the main organizers of the December 19 protests, including Democracy Spring, Americans Take Action, the Electoral College Petition, and Progressive Change Campaign Committee.”
Your voice is important, as we all learned on election night when only 43% of the population voted in an unprecedented upset. However, if you live in an unbound state in which electors do not have to vote with the majority, it is that much more important. (*green represents blue states-excuse the computer glitch.)
Today’s Tweets from Trump: