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Petition to Congressman John Lewis, Congressman Ted Deutch, Senator Boxer, Senator Leahy

Congress Hold Public Hearing on Trump and Russia

We are asking you to object to the counting of the Electoral College votes in eight states: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin. Summary of Objections:1. Voter suppression2. Foreign intervention and insufficient instruction Why we appeal to you to submit an objection on January 6th, 2017: This election year was volatile and full of underhanded plays by Donald Trump. Our country cannot allow the precedents he has created to stand without objection. We must be firm when the Constitution and law are being violated. We are asking you to stand up for the black and brown vote and for elections that are free from Foreign Intervention. Would you take the lead to help put the American election back into the safety of our laws, by putting forth the objection on January 6th? Please consider the following objections. 1. OBJECTION: VOTER SUPPRESSION. This was the first presidential election in 50 years without the protection of the “Voting Right Act.” Without this law, states enacted new voting restrictions designed to reduce minority votes. Millions of voters, predominantly voters of color, faced widespread voter suppression in the 2016 election. The counting of the Electoral College votes should be denied in the aforementioned states because the Fourteenth Amendment Section Two says that states shall lose congressional representation, in this case, the Electoral College votes, "…when the right to vote at any election for the choice of Electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime.” Not only is there the Fourteenth Amendments foundation but also, future amendments (14th, 15th & 19th)then further ensured votes shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex, race, color, or previous condition of servitude, and it further reduced the age requirement down to eighteen. However, this year there were discriminatory voter ID laws which disenfranchised voters of color across the country and a coordinated strategy in 30 states called Cross-Check which wrongly removed seven million Black and Brown voters from the voter rolls. For example in Wisconsin, Donald Trump carried the state by 27,000 votes. According to a federal court, 300,000 registered voters lacked the required forms of voter ID to place their vote. Further, in this election, there were 868 fewer polling places, primarily in areas where minorities reside, in states with a long history of voter discrimination, like Arizona, Texas, and North Carolina. These and many other discriminatory actions took place in this year’s election. 2. OBJECTION: FOREIGN INTERVENTION AND INSUFFICIENT INSTRUCTION. The counting of the Electoral College votes should be denied because Electors have a Fourteen Amendment duty not to further the hostile designs (aid or comfort) our enemies. Electors should have been made aware of the Fourteen Amendment Section Three that outlines their duty to protect our country from Foreign Intervention. Prior to the Electoral College vote on December 19th, 2016, the New York Times reported that American intelligence agencies concluded with “high confidence” that Russia acted to harm Hillary Clinton’s chances and promote Donald J. Trump to become president of the United States. Prior to December 19th, forty Electors signed an open letter asking James Clapper to release facts on outside interference in U.S. election. Since there was no delay of the Electoral College vote or an additional security briefing to the Electors, the last known intelligence that the Electors were given prior to casting their vote on December 19th, was that Russia was plotting to have Trump elected. The Electors had a constitutional responsibility to cast their vote in a way that would not have aided our enemy. Their duty to preserve the Republic exceeds the will of the population of their state. In the case of Electors, they should be individually instructed, by an independent third party, regardless of party affiliation, as to their Constitutional responsibilities to safeguard the sanctity of our Nation. In this case, states and/or the Electors’ party advised and persuaded them to vote for Trump and Clinton rather than send the decision to the House of Representatives where the Russian influence could have been more greatly scrutinized. If one Senator and one Representative sign the objection, it must be heard and debated on Jan 6th. Please consider this action to stand and act by the law of the land so that the Objection can be heard and voted upon.

Unite for America, PA
1,036 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Ken Paxton, Pam Bondi, Xavier Becerra, Mark Brnovich, Chris Carr, Eric T. Schneiderman, Lisa Madigan, Roy Cooper, Bruce Beemer, Mark Herring

Attorneys General: Ask U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate Winner Take All for electors

Allocating electoral votes by Winner Take All is unfair and may be unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment (one person, one vote). Before the 2020 presidential election, Attorneys General especially of populous states like California and New York should take this to the U.S. Supreme Court to challenge the Winner Take All system. "Lessig's equal protection argument…[is] on the right side of history and logic."—Laurence Tribe, professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law and cofounder of American Constitution Society (December 5, 2016, on Twitter) Law professor and activist Lawrence Lessig writes (emphasis added), 'Yes, the Constitution creates an inequality because of the way it allocates electoral college votes. A state like Wyoming, for example, gets 3 electoral votes with a population of less than 600,000, while California gets 55 electoral votes with a population of more than 37 million. Thus…California has a population that is 66x Wyoming, but only gets 18x the electoral college votes. 'But the real inequality of the electoral college is created by the “winner take all” (WTA) rule for allocating electoral votes. WTA says that the person who wins the popular votes gets all the electoral college votes for that state. Every state (except Maine and Nebraska) allocates its electors based on WTA. But that system for allocating electoral votes is not mandated by the Constitution. It is created by the states. And so that raises what should be an obvious and much more fiercely contested question—why isn’t WTA being challenged by the Democrats in this election? 'The strongest argument about why it isn’t is an argument of reliance (some people gussy this up to a point about “the rule of law” but that’s just confused rhetoric): The election was waged assuming WTA; it’s not fair now, the argument goes, to change the rule for how electors will be counted. 'No doubt, it is unfair to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They spent money in reliance on the existing system. But that’s not the only “unfairness” at stake here: What about the unfairness being felt by the millions of voters whose votes were effectively diluted, or essentially disenfranchised? Why doesn’t their harm also weigh in the balance? 'It’s perfectly clear that the Attorney General of New York or California could walk into the Supreme Court tomorrow, and ask the Court to hear the case. Delaware tried to do this exactly fifty years ago, but the Court ducked the question. But based on that complaint, were I a citizen of California, I’d ask my current AG (and future Senator) why hasn’t CA done the same thing? And were I a citizen of New York, I’d ask my AG the same. Why are these big states standing by quietly as their voters are essentially silenced by the unconstitutional inequality?' Lessig quotes a statement of the argument written by Atlanta lawyer Larry Sims. Salient parts of Sims's argument (emphasis added): 'a winner-take-all system of allocating Electors by the states denies the minority of voters within each state any representation whatsoever within the Electoral College and ultimately in the case of the 2000 and 2016 elections, denies the plurality of voters nationwide their choice for President under circumstances in which the constitutionally established small state advantage made part of the Electoral College would not. This is neither a reasonable nor a rational result in a representative democracy. This result was dictated by the winner-take-all method of allocating Electors used by the states. It is this state law method of allocating Electors that is an unconstitutional violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and its bedrock principle of one [person] one vote. … The winner-take-all allocation of multiple Electors (ranging from 3 Electors in our smallest states to 55 in our largest) denies any voice whatsoever to each state’s minority voters, no matter how substantial their vote may be. The distortion of presidential election results by the winner-take-all apportionment of a state’s Electors is an unconstitutional denial of the equal protection of the law.' Donald Trump threatens the U.S. Constitution itself through his aggressive statements against the press (threatening to "open up libel laws"), against free speech (suggesting the government should revoke citizenship as punishment for protest-burning the American flag, which the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld as protected speech), against religious groups (notably Muslims), promoting cruel and unusual punishment (Trump has spoken multiple times in support of waterboarding, which international and U.S. law have deemed torture, which is illegal), and against other institutions protected by the U.S. Constitution. Not only is Donald Trump apparently ignorant of the Constitution, his attacks make clear that he does not care to understand it or intend to uphold it. Given what is at stake, Attorneys General should take the argument against Winner Take All, which is not in the Constitution, to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Photo credit: AP/Evan Vucci/Getty/artisteer via Salon.com) Related articles: How the Electoral College Became Winner-Take-All Why James Madison Wanted to Change the Way We Vote For President Five presidential nominees who won popular vote but lost the election Updated 8/29/17 to edit recipients to match the top 10 states (as of 2008) whose voters are most impacted by biased representation due to Winner Take All. I also added links to a few related articles. While Democrats may be most aware of the unfairness of Winner Take All electors after the 2000 and 2016 elections, the 14th amendment of the Constitution is meant to apply to all U.S. citizens regardless of party affiliation, hence this is not a partisan issue. It's time to amend this undemocratic process that has allowed (at last count) five presidential candidates to win the most votes but lose the presidency. Updated 3/4/17 to replace Kamala Harris, now a U.S. Senator, with Xavier Becerra, acting Attorney General for California. Updated 12/14/16 to add emphasis and another example of Trump's attacks on Constitutional institutions. A New York Times op-ed today titled "Buck Up, Democrats, and Fight Like Republicans" by Dahlia Lithwick and David S. Cohen mentioned the Winner Take All unconstitutionality argument (emphasis added): "There’s no shortage of legal theories that could challenge Mr. Trump’s anointment, but they come from outsiders rather than the Democratic Party. Impassioned citizens have been pleading with electors to vote against Mr. Trump; law professors have argued that winner-take-all laws for electoral votes are unconstitutional; a small group, the Hamilton Electors, is attempting to free electors to vote their consciences; and a new theory has arisen that there is legal precedent for courts to give the election to Mrs. Clinton based on Russian interference. All of these efforts, along with the grass-roots protests, boycotts and petitions, have been happening without the Democratic Party." Updated 12/13/16 to add additional Attorneys General, per commented suggestion.

R T
449 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Office of the federal register, Congress

Dereliction of Duty of the Electoral College

The purpose of the Electoral College is explained clearly by the following excerpt from the History Central website:"Hamilton and the other founders believed that the electors would be able to insure that only a qualified person becomes President. They believed that with the Electoral College no one would be able to manipulate the citizenry. It would act as check on an electorate that might be duped."Web page: http://www.historycentral.com/elections/Electoralcollgewhy.html Towards the end of Trump's election campaign there was a broad consensus of opinion that he was not qualified to be president. Just one of Trump's assertions, that he knew more about terrorism and military strategy than our generals, should have been enough to convince the electors that he would be a dangerous president. His offending of Mexico's president with his "Wall" showed that he had no regard for preserving good international relations. He refused to prove that he had no conflicts of interest. All the controversy around his ties to Russia. Etc., Etc. Despite all these warning signs, how could they still elect a pussy-grabbing person to represent the United States ? They clearly abrogated their responsibility and proved that they were just a bunch of self-serving, gutless yes-men. The Electoral College is an important institution of our democracy and it must retain credibility and respect. Therefore, I propose the following:1. All electors who voted for Trump should be barred permanently from the Electoral College.2. A person cannot be a member of the Electoral College for two consecutive elections.3. A new rule that electors cannot vote for a president who has not proven that he has no conflicts of interest. I believe the Office of the Federal Register, or the appropriate administrative body, would be tasked to enforce these proposed rules.

Charles Colditz
20 supporters