Today marks the soft launch of DemocrEC, a website that is attempting to raise awareness about our one last hope to prevent a Trump presidency: the Electoral College vote on December 19th.
This website was conceptualized, designed, built and launched by a bunch of Autostraddle and A-Camp adjacent folks including our Feminism Editor Carmen Rios, Autostraddle founding member Carly Usdin, former A-Camp staffer Soph Bonde and A-Campers Keely Weiss and Amanda Werner.
Carmen will be writing more in-depth about this effort next week but we wanted you to know about it RIGHT NOW.
From the press release:
DemocrEC.org, the campaign website opens on a central rallying cry: “Donald Trump is an illegitimate President-elect, and it is up to us to ensure he never reaches the Oval Office.” Organizers lay out an argument within elaborating on the ways in which Donald Trump’s rhetoric, lack of experience and campaign promises put the United States in danger. They also urge electors to instead vote for Hillary Clinton, whose lead in the popular vote just surpassed one million and is expected to grow to over two million once all ballots are counted.
Building from a viral petition with more than four million signatures, DemocrEC.org allows visitors to easily email their state’s electors and demand they honor both the popular vote and the Electoral College’s historical purpose—preventing an unfit leader from taking office. The website also chronologically tracks “Trump’s America,” compiling information about the adverse consequences to date of Trump’s presumed win—among them a litany of hate crimes committed in his name. Campaign organizers also plan to stage on-the-ground actions.
Contrary to widespread belief, it is unquestionably constitutional for electors to cast their ballots to honor the will of the American people, as they are not bound to any particular candidate. In fact, it is the Electoral College’s duty to honor the will of the people—and the country’s best interests. While some states impose fines on electors who break with their party, many others allow them to vote their conscience. In its history, 157 electors from the Elector College have broken with their parties—one as recently as 2004. Many electors voting this year, Republicans among them, have already publicly expressed concerns that Trump is unfit for the presidency.
The website offers tools to contact your electors if you live in a state that went to Donald Trump that permits electors to go against the popular vote in their state. However, not all states make room for this provision. For example, I live in Michigan, and I voted for Hillary in the primary and in the November election, but she did not win either time! THANKS AMERICA.
The Michigan government website explains, “Electors pledge to support the candidate they represent and may not vote otherwise. Michigan voters can be assured that all 16 Michigan electoral votes automatically go to the presidential candidate winning the popular vote.”
What’s really choice about this particular internet website is that it goes on to explain that the electoral college system was established in “the politically volatile environment of the late 18th century” before “mass communication and the dominant two-party political system we take for granted today.” We are informed that:
“The Electoral College was written into the U.S. Constitution in 1787, a time when our nation was new and still struggling in many ways, including politically. Of primary concern was the possibility of a nationwide election breaking down into chaos and confusion.”
G-d forbid that should ever happen in the modern era.
Go add your voice today. Seriously.
ETA: Also watch this video: