Now do you have a plan for the day after election day?
President Trump has repeatedly dodged questions about whether or not he'll leave office if he loses the election, all the while making false claims about the security of voting by mail. Contentious elections over issues that shape the soul of the nation are not a new thing, but what's new is a president positioning himself to resist the peaceful transfer of power by alleging that votes have been miscounted or have been fraudulently cast.
In response, Protect the Results have called for demonstrations the day after the election, to "honor the valid results of the 2020 election, ensure that every vote is counted, and...demand that the losing candidate put their ego aside and concede for the good of our country."
As of this past weekend, more than 245 events have already been organized around the country, timed to begin as early as November 4. If you would like to participate, we encourage you to sign up for a local event online. Being on the list ensures that the organizers can reach you with information, and helps them with planning.
Twenty years ago we saw the Supreme Court put a premature halt to ballot counting in order to hand the election to George W. Bush. Four years later, Alliance activists had enough concerns about the conduct of the Ohio Secretary of State to start the Ohio Honest Election Campaign, and challenge the results based on allegations of planned voter suppression in mostly Black, heavily Democratic precincts. Our concerns about voter suppression and the accuracy of electronic voting machines go back a long way. But to campaign on "If I lose it's rigged" is something new.
We hope that regardless of party you'll take a stand. Make plans to come out for the promise of democracy on November 4th and be prepared to stay out for as long as it takes to know for sure who won the 2020 presidential election.