10 Things You Can Do to Defeat Donald Trump in the Final 100 Hours

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10 Things You Can Do to Defeat Donald Trump in the Final 100 Hours

Have you ever flipped a coin twice and gotten heads twice in a row? Because Donald Trump actually has BETTER odds than that of becoming the next President of the United States.

But while the outcome of a coin toss may not be within your control, the outcome of the election is! No matter your reason for opposing Donald Trump — whether it’s the fact that Trump has been caught admitting to sexual assault on video, or the fact that Trump has scammed thousands of students and families through Trump University, or the fact that Trump is calling to ban an entire religion from entering the US, or the fact that Trump pays less in income taxes than many undocumented immigrants, or the fact that he is endorsed by the Klu Klux Klan, or the fact that — okay, you get the idea. Well, no matter your reason for opposing Donald Trump, there are very simple, concrete things you can do to help defeat him on Election Day.

With less than 100 hours remaining before the United States picks either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump as its next Commander in Chief, every action — no matter how small — can play an important role in defining the final outcome of the election.

Don’t wake up on November 9th regretting the fact that you didn’t do more.

Here are 10 things you can do to defeat Donald Trump in the final 100 hours:

1. Vote for Hillary Clinton.

If you are in a swing state, this is a MUST. The only candidate who has any chance of accruing enough electoral votes to defeat Donald Trump is Hillary Clinton. If you are in a swing state and you vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein — that will do nothing to stop Donald Trump.

Hillary is the only candidate who can defeat Donald Trump.

So what counts as a swing state? According to FiveThirtyEight, the following states could tip the outcome of the election: Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Arizona, and New Mexico.

2. Participate in a vote trading program.

If you are in a state that is going to vote Democrat with near certainty — specifically, California, New York, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Maryland, Vermont, and D.C., consider participating in a vote trading program called TrumpTraders.org.

Here’s how vote trading works: A third-party voter in a swing state agrees to trade with a Hillary voter in a safe Democrat state. The swing state voter agrees to vote for Hillary, and the safe state voter agrees to vote for the third-party candidate. Vote trades will help shift votes for candidates like Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Evan McMullin into safe Democrat states, and votes for Hillary into key battleground states.

3. Make a voting plan.

Listen to Joe Biden, and make a plan to vote. This may seem unnecessary, but the reality is that voting plans increase voter turnout. In a Harvard study conducted during the 2008 elections, voting plans were shown to increase turnout by 4.1 percentage points. Keep in mind, 3 out of the last 4 presidential elections have been decided by a popular-vote margin of less than 4 percent.

So what should be included in your voting plan? You should take note of the following:

  1. Where you’re going to vote. If you plan to vote early, you can find your early voting polling place at voteplz.org/vote/early. If you plan to vote on Election Day, November 8th, you can find your normal polling place at voteplz.org/vote/polls. If you are not yet registered to vote, some states actually let you register at your polling place.
  2. When you are going to vote. You can check what time your state’s polling places open and close here. Be sure you allow yourself extra time in case there is traffic on the way to your polling place or you have trouble finding the polling place address.
  3. Transportation to your polling place. Determine whether you are going to be walking, biking, driving, carpooling with friends and family, Ubering, or taking public transportation to your polling place. If you are taking public transportation, be sure you note the transit schedules and allow yourself time for any delays. If you need a ride to your polling place, you can sign up to get matched with a driver at carpoolvote.com. If you live in Pennsylvania, You can also get a FREE Uber of Lyft ride to your polling place by entering the promo code VOTEPA, courtesy of MyRideToVote.com.
  4. What you need to bring. What ID you need to bring to the polls varies by state. If you’re not sure what ID you need, you can check your state’s ID requirements at rockthevote.com. If you need help getting an ID to vote, call VoteRiders at 844–338–8743, and someone will respond and walk you through the process.
  5. How you are going to vote. Familiarize yourself with what’s going to be on your ballot so you know exactly what to do when you are in the voting booth. Google has a nifty tool for checking what’s on your ballot. You can also check out what will be on your ballot on rockthevote.com.

When you’ve finalized your voting plan, reach out to your friends and family and ask them about their voting plan. Post your plan on Facebook. Text your best friend about your plan. Call your parents to make sure they have a plan. Social pressure can be very persuasive — and in this case, that’s a good thing!

4. Drive voters to the polls on Election Day.

Not everyone has access to a car. Getting to a polling place could prove to be difficult for some voters who live near you. If you have a car or are willing to rent a car on November 8th, you can sign up to drive voters to the polls at carpoolvote.com. Even if you cannot offer to give other voters rides yourself, you can donate directly to MyRideToVote.com or to this Crowdpac campaign to fund free Uber and Lyft rides for voters who need a ride to the polls.

5. Go canvass in a swing state.

If you live in, are near, or can somehow manage to travel to a swing state, go canvass there! Knocking on doors engaging on a personal level with voters can boost enthusiasm for the election, increase voter turnout, and help ensure voters are informed and prepared to cast their vote on Election Day.

Get together with friends and family and make an adventure out of canvassing.

In California, which is a safe Democrat state, people are using Facebook to organize trips to go knock on doors in the swing state of Nevada on Saturday and Sunday.

You can sign up to canvass with Hillary’s campaign at hillaryclinton.com/gotv. The campaign will provide the script and give you a list voters to reach out to. Pick the times that work with your schedule, and a local organizer will follow up.

Just to recap, states that are projected to be very contested this election include Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Arizona, and New Mexico. Gather your friends and family

6. Call voters in a swing state.

Just as important as going door to door is calling voters in swing states to make sure they are ready to go vote.

Hillary’s campaign provides an online calling tool that makes it super easy to call voters on your own schedule, for any length of time that works for you.

You can also check out hillaryclinton.com/gotv to find in-person phone banks at locations near you.

Whether you can call for 10 minutes, an hour, or 3 hours, every call you make to a swing state voter can make a tremendous difference. In 2000, George W. Bush won Florida — and therefore, the election — by only 537 votes.

7. Encourage your friends to take action.

Social pressure can be a positive force. Encourage your friends and family — particularly in swing states — to get involved with volunteering and remind them to vote.

An online app called Swing Voter Go! (based on the viral game Pokemon Go!) helps you easily find your Facebook friends who live in swing states so you can quickly send them a Facebook message.

Swing Voter Go! is a fun way to canvass.

The mobile app VoteWithMe uses area code information in your contacts list to select the 10 highest-impact voters you know, so that you can easily reach out to them via calling or texting. The app is available for iOS and Android devices.

You can also invite your friends to join you for one of the many upcoming Democrat rallies, featuring special guests like Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and President Obama. See the upcoming rally schedule here.

8. Update your social media profile picture.

Create your own custom filters through filtersforhillary.com

Remind your friends and family about the importance of this election and how crucial it is to vote for Hillary by updating your social media profile picture to show support for Hillary.

You can create a Hillary “H” using one of your own photos by visiting www.hillaryavatar.com.

You can overlay a filter and a caption such as “I’m a millennial for Hillary” or “I’m a professional for Hillary” over one of your own photos by visiting filtersforhillary.com.

When you post your new photo, be sure to include the link to the site you used, so your friends know where they can create their own pro-Hillary profile picture.

9. Donate money to Hillary’s campaign.

Even if you are extremely busy this weekend, you can help defeat Donald Trump by making an online donation to Hillary’s campaign.

You can donate at hillaryclinton.com/go.

The money you donate goes toward funding critical advertising slots in battleground states. Hillary’s campaign has produced powerful and compelling TV ads like this one or this one, which was shown to millions of viewers during the extra innings of the 7th game in the World Series.

“Mirrors” is just one of the powerful ads funded by donations to Hillary’s campaign.

10. Share this article!

Many people want to help defeat Trump, but they are not sure how. With less than 100 hours to go until Election Day, empowering people to take action is critical. Share this article with your friends and family to make sure everyone knows exactly what they can do to defeat Donald Trump.

If we all work together, we WILL win. So let’s get to work!

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