One of our community members shared this letter that she crafted to send to members of the Electoral College. Feel free to take and use! This letter also contains talking points that you could use in calls to your representatives.
November 17, 2016
Dear respected member of the Electoral College,
As a deeply concerned citizen of the United States of America, I am writing you today to implore you to vote your conscience on December 19. Partisan issues aside, President-elect Donald J. Trump is disturbingly unqualified to be President of the United States:
- He has never held a public office
- There may be enormous conflicts of interest when it comes to his businesses, particularly abroad. This is further evidenced by the fact that, while he has said that he will hand his businesses over to his three elder children, he is currently not moving in the direction of setting up a legitimate blind trust, and he even inquired about getting the aforementioned family members top secret security clearance
- His rhetoric during his campaign has incited harassment and violence from some of his supporters—including children—to those that he denigrated, including (but not limited to) minorities, Muslims, and women. Furthermore, his decision to appoint Stephen Bannon—whose notorious website, Breitbart, produces misogynistic, anti-Semitic, homophobic, racist, and xenophobic misinformation—to Chief Strategist is beyond alarming. This appointment could have additional devastating consequences to the majority of the citizens of this country (i.e. anyone who is not a white, Christian, straight man)
- Many of his campaign promises, if carried out, are possible threats to the Constitution. To name a few: his desire to open up “libel laws” demonstrates a disdain of the First Amendment; his position on immigration goes against the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments; and his positions on torture and the surveillance of Muslims goes against the First and Fifth Amendments
- He is terrifyingly thin-skinned, seems to be unable to control what he says (as evidenced by his Twitter account), and he frequently changes his mind on issues on which a President should maintain consistency (ex. what his policies will look like, his proposed executive actions, and even on documented statements that he has made in the past)
These are not the qualities of an American President.
I understand that there are many people throughout the country who voted for Mr. Trump because they feel that he will make their lives better and our country safer. I also understand that our two dominant political parties have every right to have their say, and that not every election will turn out the way that I would like or expect. However, Mr. Trump has continually proven himself to be unqualified to be President and dangerous to our democracy.
Furthermore, it is important to point out that the majority of voters cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton. While I would prefer it if the will of this majority was respected and Mrs. Clinton be chosen as President, I also understand that it might be preferable to have another Republican instead of Mr. Trump. In that regard, I suggest fellow 2016 Republican candidates John Kasich or Marco Rubio, or Mitt Romney.
I am not a resident of your state, but I am nevertheless begging you and other members of the Electoral College to think of those who have been—or will be—negatively affected by Mr. Trump and his political inexperience, lack of respect for the Constitution, inconsistency, and hateful, violence-inducing words. Please vote your conscience.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
(Your Name Here)