Petitioning Members of the Electoral College

Call on Electors in swing states to NOT cast their vote for Donald J. Trump.

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The intent of this petition is to drive awareness among the selected members of the Electoral College in “swing” states that may have voted for Donald J. Trump, (be it Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, or Pennsylvania) of the original intent of the Electoral College as laid out by a Founding Father of the United States, Alexander Hamilton, in the Federalist Papers.

In those papers, in publication #68, Hamilton writes: “The process of election affords a moral certainty that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” The intent of the Electoral College is to preserve “the sense of the people,” while at the same time ensuring that a president is chosen “by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”

While it is customary for Electors to vote along lines prescribed by their state’s vote, it is also their solemn civic duty as true independent actors to act in accordance with the primary intent of the Electoral College in selecting as President that person which is  “in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”  It is clear, through the course of actions this country has witnessed of Donald J. Trump over this recent 2016 campaign, that he is not qualified for the office of the Presidency.  It is clear, rather, that he is eminently disqualified.

That the Presidency should pass to an individual who lacks an even slight degree of knowledge or experience in governance; that the Presidency should pass to an individual with a history of flagrant disregard for documented facts and information known to be the truth in favor of a history of documented willful falsehoods; and that the Presidency should pass to an individual whose guiding internal temperament –unpredictable and self-aggrandizing – a temperament at absolute odds with the principles of selfless sacrifice and magnanimity which Americans and others collectively admire about this country; that this should come to pass is the solemn duty of the Electors of the Electoral College - of YOU - to prevent.

While going “faithless” to your state is no easy task, this petition and the broad support it will evoke, is to ensure you that you have the support of your countrymen in this difficult task.  Recall that you are not bound to vote a particular way by law.  Your independence was the College's original intent.  That the College has rarely exercised its independence is testament to the strength of this country’s election process in bringing forth the most qualified of individuals to serve. At this point in our country’s history, your independence is sorely needed in selecting that qualified individual.  When you are “faithless” to your state you will, in this extra-ordinary time, be faithful to your country.

SPECIFIC ASK:

We ask for only a total of 24 Electors from Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, or about 6 Electors from each of these states, to go "faithless" and not cast your vote for Donald J. Trump on December 19th.  We do not advocate for a specific alternative.

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