If President Donald Trump attempts to prematurely declare victory on Election Day or refuse to accept the results, he’ll be met with swift action from a coalition of national pro-democracy organizations.
More than 200 “Count Every Vote” demonstrations—and counting—have already been planned across the country by Protect the Results, an effort launched by Stand Up America and Indivisible amid the president’s ongoing attacks on mail-in voting and the electoral process.
“Our view is that we can’t bury our heads in the sand,” said Sean Eldridge, the founder and president of Stand Up America. “We have to be prepared if he were to try to undermine the election results or to prematurely declare victory.”
Indivisible co-founder and chief campaign officer Sarah Dohl gave a similar statement.
“Should Trump declare victory before all the votes are counted or prevent the legitimate counting of votes,” she said, “we will mobilize in every corner of this country to ensure voters have the last word in November.”
The two progressive groups partnered in June to create the coalition, which now includes over 100 grassroots organizations, liberal and conservative advocacy groups and government watchdogs. Together, the coalition claims it has a combined membership of tens of millions of people whom Eldridge said are ready to mobilize quickly if necessary.
“I think it could take millions of Americans rising up to demand every vote is counted and to demand the ballot vote count is respected by state election officials, the electoral college and Congress,” he added.
Trump has repeatedly made baseless claims that the election will be fraudulent due to the rise in the use of mail-in and absentee ballots this year—an accommodation made by nearly every state to protect public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Emily Phelps, Indivisible
Ryan Thomas, Stand Up America