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“Protect the Results” Expands To 80 Groups As Coalition Prepares To Mobilize Should Trump Contest Election

Indivisible - Senior Statewide Organizer - GA


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Indivisible and Stand Up America are announcing that more than 80 advocacy groups and grassroots organizations have joined Protect the Results, a coalition building a system to mobilize millions of Americans should Donald Trump contest the election results, refuse to concede after losing, or claim victory before all the votes are counted.

The new partners join Indivisible and Stand Up America in educating the public about the threat Trump poses to the peaceful transition of power and preparing to mobilize millions of their members to take action. The new partners (denoted by *) join a broad coalition of the largest grassroots networks in the country, progressive and conservative advocacy organizations, good government groups, and labor unions that includes:

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Grassroots Groups Launch “Protect the Results” Project to Defend Outcome of the 2020 Election

Indivisible - Senior Statewide Organizer - GA

Project Announced After Trump Threatens Military Action Amid Nationwide Protests, After Pattern of Refuting Election Results

Friday, June 12, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Indivisible and Stand Up America are announcing the launch of Protect the Results, a joint project of Indivisible and Stand Up America seeking to protect the valid results of the 2020 election. The new project will build the infrastructure to mobilize millions of Americans should Donald Trump take steps to undermine the outcome of the election.

Just last week, Trump illustrated the importance of this project by showing his willingness to use military action to “dominate” protestors across the country and even deploy military personnel while Americans took to the polls in Washington, D.C., disrupting the election. This follows Trump’s pattern of routinely ignoring democratic norms, including repeatedly threatening to not to accept the results of the 2016 election, making baseless claims of voter fraud in key states and about vote-by-mail to suppress the vote, and saying disturbing comments in recent months that he could stay in office past 2024. 

The groups will build a network of millions of Americans who pledge to take action should Trump refuse to accept the results or if he attempts to declare victory while the actual outcome remains unclear. As the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, especially if many Americans are unable to participate in traditional protests in person this fall, the groups will use a text alert system to:

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Defend the Democracy of the United States: In our country and throughout the world, democratic values are under assault. The Defend Democracy team is committed to educating ourselves and others about the challenges we face and promoting and participating in actions that support and defend democratic values.

Indivisible has joined the Declaration for American Democracy, a historic coalition of over 145 organizations representing millions of people nationwide. Our coalition includes groups from the
labor, racial justice, faith, women’s rights, environmental, good government, and many other important communities. Formed in 2018, we set out on a mission to take back our democracy and restore power to the people. We believe that we must build a democracy where everyone participates, every vote is counted, and everyone’s voice is heard.

Declaration for American Democracy Mission Statement.


Support the goals of the For the People Act of 2019 (H.R. #1) at the
federal and state levels, including:

• Ensuring clean and fair elections: improve access, promote integrity,
ensure security

• Ending the dominance of big money in politics: guarantee disclosure,
empower citizens, strengthen oversight

• Ensuring public officials work in the public interest: fortify ethics
law, impose greater ethics enforcement


Howard County Elections - Behind the Scenes


The series of short articles below give background that can help in evaluating legislation and candidate positions on issues. Please read and share these!


Fair Elections

National Popular Vote

A Solution to the Electoral College

Why we should abolish Electoral college

Electoral College presentation

Campaign Finance Reform

Congressional Findings in HR-1

The Case for Campaign Finance Reform

How citizens united reshaped elections

The 2010 Supreme Court decision further tilted political influence toward wealthy donors and corporations.

Public Financing of Elections

A Case For and Against

Redistricting of Congressional and State Legislature Offices

Maryland Bills from 2019 session

Bills of interest

US Senate and House bills related to protecting our democracy

Lessons learned

How to effectively lobby for a bill

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