12.13.16: Don't give up on free and fair elections
Our election was hacked. This isn't normal. Don't let anyone get away with business as usual.
I'm going to be honest: I'd really like to move on today, put up a new post with a new call to action on a new topic (because there's just. so. much. to resist in a looming Donald Trump presidency), but the issue of Russian interference in the election to support Trump and damage Clinton is too important to become old news.
Yesterday, we learned that top Republicans kind of support a probe, but only if it's the same kind they were already doing (the half-assed kind), that a group of electors has requested an intelligence briefing before casting their votes on 12/19, and that -- oh yeah -- Hillary Clinton and a lot of other people said months ago that this was happening. We are entering into very scary and uncertain times if the CIA's conclusions are even a little bit true.
Today's call to action: call Congress and your electors*, and let them know we won't stop.
- Call your Congressional representatives and demand that they support a select nonpartisan committee** to investigate the CIA's claims
- Email your electors and tell them to insist on an intelligence briefing about the hacks
Here are some talking points you can use for both:
- The CIA has concluded that Russian hackers interfered with the 2016 presidential election with the express purpose to help Donald Trump win.
- Free and fair elections are a cornerstone of our democracy, one that we cannot afford to lose
- [for Congressional reps] Using existing committees to investigate the hacks isn't enough: this is an unprecedented situation and partisan "business as usual" won't cut it - Senator McConnell and Representative Ryan's insistence that this be handled by existing committees is inadequate.
- [for Electors] When we voted on November 8th, we did so believing that we were participating in free and fair elections. Our electors represent us - and they need to know the extent of the interference before selecting a president on our behalf.
- You do not represent your party, your donors, or Donald Trump. You represent us, the people of [your state].
After you've called and emailed, share our posts with your network to tell friends and family that this issue is too important to drop.
*Note: we are not sharing the CTA going around about calling your state attorney general to request a delay of the 12/19 vote, per our understanding of the rules as laid out in this document.
** A select committee = a special (in this case joint Senate and House) committee called together for an express purpose, like the one the Republicans insisted on to investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi.