I’m writing this letter because, as this NY Post article explained, there’s a slim chance that if enough electors change or withdraw their vote, they can still prevent a Trump presidency.
Though this letter is on behalf of all of us, I urge you to write your own letter to electors. (Scroll all the way down for contact information.)
You don’t know me, but I’m writing to you to ask you to please not vote for Mr. Donald Trump in the Electoral College vote on December 19th. Electing him as our 45th President would be at huge detriment to the American people—especially people of color, women, disabled people, LGBT+ people, Muslim people, Jewish people, and other marginalized groups. It would be devastating to me, a 28-year-old woman living with chronic illness.
In 2007, I began experiencing symptoms of what my doctors would eventually determine to be an autoimmune disease, possibly developing Lupus. I have debilitating joint pain and fatigue that prevents me from completing even simple tasks, like getting dressed or doing dishes. I do have some good days, so there may be times that you might see me out and about without my cane. Because of my illness, though, I have been unable to work outside of the home for the past few years. I rely on my husband, who works full-time as a supervisor, but his pay is lower than company average and his hours are often cut. We have been barely scraping by and are only able to afford our rent and utilities by the skin of our teeth. The health insurance that his employer offers is poor and expensive, but we’ve qualified for Connecticut state insurance under the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
The first thing that Mr. Trump and his Cabinet want to do is dismantle the Affordable Care Act, leaving thousands of Americans like myself without health insurance or healthcare. My monthly in-office appointments with my primary care provider and rheumatologist are absolutely integral to monitoring my disease. Autoimmune diseases mean that the body’s immune system is confused and attacking itself. My particular illness has a high anti double-stranded DNA count, which means that my immune system is attacking my DNA. Lupus and other autoimmune diseases eventually result in the immune system attacking vital organs and can be fatal if untreated. My concern is that, without healthcare, my disease will progress and further impede my quality of life—or worse.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Mr. Trump has expressed sympathies for the KKK and anti-Semitic groups; he has insinuated that men have the right to sexually assault women like myself and that women should merely serve men and not pursue careers; he has spoken against the LGBT+ communities’ rights; he has said that he would have good Muslim-Americans wear badges the way that German Jews were forced to wear stars. Though he is a businessman and has some good ideas about improving America’s economy, he does not truly have the American people’s best interests at heart.
America is a beautiful country made up of millions of diverse people. We need this diversity; people of color are leaders in medical research, for example. Did you know that Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green, a black woman, obtained her PHD solely so that she could find a way to treat and cure cancer using lasers? Her research has been promising and is currently entering clinical trials. She is just one of the marginalized people of this country that works to improve things for all of us.
Before I got sick, I wanted to be an elementary school educator. I wanted to instill the hardworking values and love for learning in our country’s children that my teachers instilled in me. Due to my illness, I had to withdraw from my program; I was never health enough to go back. Having the proper healthcare would enable me to pursue my dreams.
I know it is asking you a lot to change or withdraw your electoral vote. I know that your political beliefs and morals are strong and that you care deeply about these things. I know also that there may be penalty fees involved. I ask you anyway.
I will not ask you to give your electoral vote to Mrs. Hilary Clinton unless you truly feel that she is the right candidate. I know that voting Democrat would require you to pivot against your beliefs, and that may not be fair of me to ask.
I do however ask you to consider that this election may not be about politics at all. As a still relatively young country, we’ve faced a lot of dark times and tumult. We’ve progressed far past slavery and suffrage, and we have the opportunity to continue that progress—to create a country that respects and uplifts all people, regardless of race, religion, or creed. We can continue to build upon the beliefs of our forefathers, that all humans are created equal and born with the inherent right to unalienable rights, including but not limited to: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
I implore you to consider the weight of an electoral vote in Mr. Trump’s favor, and to ruminate upon its disastrous effects on the American people. I strongly believe that he is not the hero our country needs, and that under his presidency, many thousands of Americans will suffer—including myself.
Please, on December 19th, put politics aside and put people first.
If you’d like to write to electors asking them to change their vote, please do! Calling them as well is possibly more effective. Snail mail letters are possibly more effective than email, though faster. Here is more information:
— Rachel Lynn Solomon (@rlynn_solomon) November 14, 2016
Note: I’ve seen some people insisting that this is doxxing, which is quite an imaginative accusation, as this information is already public record due to their offices.
I’ll be updating here with responses as I receive them. Mind you, professional electors will be more likely to get my support in their future endeavors, even if they hold opposing views re: Mr. Trump’s presidency. This response, for example, is not professional:
well. i got my first response.
no dear ms. moskowitz, either. how rude. pic.twitter.com/U6gudcJ7az
— hannah moskowitz (@hannahmosk) November 14, 2016
(This story, by the way, was featured on Heavy.) I’ve written to Mr. Harper expressing my shock at his response. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your disappointment in his lack of professionalism and inappropriate threat.
Nor is this response professional:
— Alli/ Ms. Meow🐱 (@Magnet4Books) November 14, 2016
Very unprofessional and unwarranted, as figures should expect letters from concerned citizens throughout and even after their careers, and conduct themselves as the leaders they are. I don’t yet know of an email address to respond to Mr. Ash (ETA: See below).
Here are the responses I’ve received so far:
- Arizona, Bruce Ash, Republican: Courteous response but promises to maintain his vote. Wrote me back on November 15th. I replied, thanked him for his professional response, and asked if he shares me concern regarding Mr. Trump’s affiliation with known white supremacists Stephen Bannon and David Duke.
- Texas, Shellie Surles, Republican: Polite, professional response, but firmly pro-Trump. Wished me well with my illness and encouraged me to give Trump a chance. Wrote me back minutes after I emailed her on November 14th. I responded and thanked her for her cordial response, though I’m sorry—but not surprised—to hear that she’s maintaining her vote.