Other than voting, what else can you do to stop Trump and help preserve the Republic?
Trump is bad. Like, really, really bad. Here, I investigate 7 efficient ways people who are interested in stopping Trump can contribute.
1. Make a Voting Plan.
Sounds obvious, but a voting plan can increase your odds of voting by 4 percent. Make sure you have the following down pat:
Transportation to your Polling Place. If you need a ride to your polling place, get matched at carpoolvote.com.
What you need to bring. You can check your state’s ID requirements at rockthevote.com.
Help your friends and family have a voting plan too! Which brings us to...
2. Message Your Friends In Swing States to Make Sure They’re Voting, Too!
Go to this site: https://friendsinswingstates.com/. It uses Facebook info to tell you exactly which of your friends live in swing states. Call/Text/FB Message them to make sure they’re voting for Clinton and encourage them to make a voting plan!
If they’re not planning to vote or are voting for somebody other than Clinton, no worries. Move on to the next person. Only 24 hours left, so not enough time to argue!
Pro-tip: If you’re not sure who to call/text first, prioritize people from the top five states under Nate Silvers’ Voter Power Index. As of the time of this writing, they are New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Michigan.
3. Sign Up for a VoteSwapping Website — If You Live in a Safe State.
VoteSwapping sites like TrumpTraders.Org allows people from solid red or solid blue states to have an electoral voice in the presidential election. How it works is simple:
TrumpTraders matches a safe state supporter of Hillary Clinton with a swing state supporter of a third party candidate (eg. Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, or Evan McMullin). The swing state voter promises to vote for Clinton. In return, the safe state voter agrees to vote for the third-party candidate. This helps increase the total voter share of third party candidates (getting them closer to the 5% needed for federal funding in 2020), while giving Hillary Clinton the key swing state votes needed to defeat Trump.
I’ve been obsessively promoting voteswapping/votetrading for the last month+, so here are some answers to common questions:
Is it safe? How do I trust my partner to keep to their promise in a secret ballot? Answer: You can’t be sure. But according to Nate Silver, some swing states have 50x or more the “voter power” of a truly safe state like California, so even if you only assign a 20-50% chance that your partner will actually vote for Clinton, it’s still very much worth it. That said, I recommend calling/Skyping your partner beforehand if possible, just to confirm that they’re a real person.
Is it illegal? Can I go to jail for voteswapping? No. At heart, voteswapping is just a verbal agreement, and protected by the First Amendment. In 2007, Porter v. Brown ruled that:
“At [its] core, [the vote-trading plan] amounted to efforts by politically engaged people to support their preferred candidates and to avoid election results that they feared would contravene the preferences of a majority of voters in closely contested states,” Judge Raymond C. Fisher wrote. “Whether or not one agrees with these voters’ tactics, such efforts, when conducted honestly and without money changing hands, are at the heart of the liberty safeguarded by the First Amendment.”
3. If everybody does that, wouldn’t it just turn safe states into swing states? Yes, but it’s irrelevant. Right now, maybe 50 thousand people have signed up for votetrading sites, total. Meanwhile, the gap between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in California is over 20 percent, and California has 18 million registered voters. 50,000 is a lot smaller than 3.6 million. You do the math.
4. Isn’t this a secret ISIS plot to destroy our country? I’m reporting you to the FBI!!!1!! No, this has nothing to do with ISIS. And I have no idea why you would think that.
So Votetrading is safe, legal, and rare (and to be clear, has absolutely nothing to do with ISIS!). Moreover, TrumpTraders.org has several thousand more swing state third-party supporters than safe state Clinton supporters right now. They plan to keep matching people until 10AM EST on Tuesday, and desperately NEED more Clinton supporters in the next 24 hours. So go ahead and sign up!
Note: makeminecount.org and #NeverTrump both have a surplus of Clinton supporters. So interested third-party supporters should sign up on those sites instead. I also hear good things about VoteSwap.us
4. Go Door-to-Door Campaigning for Clinton.
If you live in or near a swing state, research has shown that door-to-door campaigning is one of the most effective ways to Get Out the Vote for likely Democratic voters.
You can sign up to canvass with Hillary’s campaign at hillaryclinton.com/gotv. The campaign will provide the script and give you a list voters to reach out to. Pick the times that work with your schedule, and a local organizer will follow up.
5. Call Voters in a Swing State.
If you don’t live in a swing state, or if canvassing doesn’t fit your schedule, consider phone-banking for Hillary Clinton instead! You can start making calls within a few minutes from anywhere in the world. They give you a full script, so it’s trivially easy. Sign up here: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/calls/
These calls are especially useful on and just before election day. So now’s the perfect time to do it!
6. Fund People’s Transport to Polling Booths.
You can donate money to My Ride To Vote, which funds Uber and Lyft rides for people in critical swing states to help them have transportation access to vote. This seems like a plausibly unique opportunity to get money out the door at the last minute. (The infrastructure for Lyft and Uber is already there).
I recommend donating to My Ride to Vote instead of Hillary Clinton’s campaign if your primary goal is stopping Trump, since it’s much less likely that Hillary’s campaign can buy ad money, etc., in the last 24 hours.
7. Share This Post With Your Friends.
Make sure your friends are also aware of the most efficient ways to help stop Trump.
We’re in the home stretch now, folks. Sit back, take a deep breath, and onwards to preserve our democracy!
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