It’s been over week since Election Day in the United States and feelings of anxiety, frustration, and unease are understandable. Trump and a few other politicians are creating confusion wherever they can to chip away at our confidence in the results. But it’s not working.
Americans turned out in record numbers to participate in democracy and cast a vote, and now votes are being counted without interference. So far, the American people and the professionals charged with conducting our election are holding strong. The process is running as it should.
Right up until Inauguration Day, we must continue to demand every person in a position of power in this election carries out their democratic duties of counting every vote and respecting the results of that count. No matter how many distracting lawsuits, recounts, or cries of unsubstantiated voting irregularities are thrown at us, we must remember that voters choose leaders, not the other way around. Politicians can throw as many tantrums as they like, but they will have no bearing on the legitimate results of this election.
As we remain patient, vigilant, and unswayed in our demands that all votes be counted, here are some dates to keep in mind:
These dates can also serve as anchors of accountability. There are systems in place to keep this election free and fair — ready to be activated and used when necessary. We must buoy up these systems and institutions right now as Trump attempts to discredit them. He will say and do almost anything to avoid admitting defeat, but it’s only a child’s tantrum if our institutions do their job.
In defense of democracy,
The Care2 Team
If you are looking for local actions or events, visit the useful map over at Protect The Results – a bipartisan coalition of groups – including Care2 – as well as voters ready to protect the true results of this election and demand a peaceful transfer of power. While votes continue to be counted, the coalition has decided not to activate their mobilization network on a national level — but some organizers are still holding events.