Making it happen: Week 13
Our letter-writing heroes this week added 250 voter engagement letters to our goal of 10,000 letter goal! Many thanks to Pennie Burns, Linda Chamberlain, Fran Finney, Buck Parker, Lani Roberts, Phoebe and Polly Wood, and Irene Zimmerman for making it happen. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!
Text & Phone Your Way to a New President
Indivisible National is looking for thousands of volunteers to join its robust texting and phonebanking programs to advance candidates and engage voters in “SuperStates” where the difference will be made in November.
Yet More on Protect the Results
There continue to be lots of causes for concern over Trump’s undermining of the November election. He’s floated the idea of postponing the election, made false claims that absentee ballots will result in voter fraud, and refused to say whether or not he will accept the legitimate results of the election. Now his new head of the USPS, a staunch Trump loyalist, has created new “regulations” that are slowing delivery of letters (and ballots) to over 2 weeks. Trump’s focus now is clearly not on winning the election by popular vote, but on cheating his way to victory.
NPR recently interviewed Rosa Brooks, a law professor at Georgetown University, about the bipartisan group of experts she gathered to game out what a contested November election might look like. Among the possibilities considered were the Trump campaign and loyalists
- trying to stop the counting of mail-in ballots, asserting ballots were fraudulent
- closing the post office to prevent additional ballots from reaching the ballot counters, in another case
- seizing and trying to sequester ballots to prevent additional counting.
- attempting to persuade legislators, state-level legislators and governors sympathetic to Trump to send rival slates of electors to Congress
- attempting to mobilize street protesters
- calling on governors to delay the election
- mounting a disinformation campaign to keep people from turning out and voting (eg, announcing the day before that the election is cancelled; or broadcasting that the polls are closed, so people should bother to go to vote)
- trying to convince justices, secretaries of state, or other elected officials to overturn the results.
A crisis of some sort is likely. Our Constitution does not anticipate or regulate such rogue misuses of power, so previous presidential transitions have relied on tradition and concern for the greater good. These are NOT Trump’s way. We all need to be ready to take action to protect the results and ensure a peaceful transition of power. Our democracy depends on it. Indivisible National and its many progressive partners will plan and coordinate actions as needed, and member groups like ICG will communicate and coordinate locally.
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