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Let’s Make Sure Donald Trump Does Not Win

A Step by Step Guide

The election is too close for comfort.

Those of us who care: we need to take effective actions to ensure that Trump does not win in November. What are those actions? Comment below if you have ideas.

Here are my recommendations…

Understand what is wasted effort versus effective effort.

Trying to persuade Trump supporters to be otherwise, or trying to persuade Jill Stein supporters to vote Clinton. (Side note: I like Stein and am voting for her in California… more about that at the bottom of this post… but I’m encouraging swing state friends to vote Clinton.)

Making sure your American friends who live in a Swing State (see below), who dislike Trump, actually go and vote in this election — for Clinton.

Can you take 1 hour this month — September — to take the following actions? It will make a real difference if each of us did this.

Whichever side “turns out the vote” (gets their fans to actually vote), will win.

Persuading someone to change their candidate-of-choice is hard, and could seriously strain your friendships. What’s much easier is talking to people who are already excited about your candidate — or leaning towards them — and making sure they vote.

Turnout in American voting ranks among the worst in the world.

Certain demographics are least likely to vote — minorities, young people, and low-income people — because they don’t know how important their vote is, or they can’t take time off work to vote (solution: see vote-by-mail below!) We can help ensure that they vote this time.

Focus on the Most Important SWING STATES:

Florida
Ohio
Pennsylvania

These are the 3 states with the biggest chance of tipping the entire election for Trump or Clinton. If you want details, here’s the data.

Focus on these 3 states first.

Here’s what you can do…

STEP 1. Click on each of the 3 links below. It will take you directly to YOUR facebook friends who live in each of these states.

Your Facebook Friends who live in Florida:
https://www.facebook.com/search/109714185714936/residents/present/me/friends/intersect

Your Facebook Friends who live in Ohio:
https://www.facebook.com/search/104024609634842/residents/present/me/friends/intersect

Your Facebook Friends who live in Pennsylvania:
https://www.facebook.com/search/105528489480786/residents/present/me/friends/intersect

STEP 2. Look at their profile postings. If they’re *not* clearly a Trump supporter (or a Clinton-hater), then send each friend a separate private message— perhaps something like this:

Hi _____, are you planning to vote in the presidential election? Looks like the results for the whole country will be influenced heavily by the votes from people in your state, since you live in one of those “swing states.” In other words, your vote is more important than most people’s votes…

STEP 3. See what their response is. Try to keep the conversation going…

Ideally, you will encourage them to take these 3 actions:

ACTION #1: Register.

Before October, check if they are registered to vote… especially if they moved since they last voted.

FLORIDA:
Check if they’re registered to vote: http://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus
How to register:
https://www.google.com/search?q=register+to+vote+in+florida
Deadline: October 11, 2016

OHIO:
Check if they’re registered to vote: http://voterlookup.sos.state.oh.us/voterlookup.aspx
How to register:
https://www.google.com/search?q=register+to+vote+in+ohio
Deadline: October 11, 2016

PENNSYLVANIA:
Check if they’re registered to vote:
https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx
How to register in Pennsylvania:
https://www.google.com/search?q=register+to+vote+in+pennsylvania
Deadline: October 11, 2016

ACTION #2: Vote-By Mail.

Make voting easy for them. Encourage them to request a mail-in ballot before November.

Voting by mail in Florida:
https://www.google.com/search?q=vote+by+mail+in+florida
They must receive the request by November 2, 2016

Voting by mail in Ohio:
https://www.google.com/search?q=vote+by+mail+in+ohio
They must receive the request by November 4, 2016

Voting by mail in Pennsylvania:
https://www.google.com/search?q=vote+by+mail+in+pennsylvania
They must receive the request by November 1, 2016

ACTION #3: Pass it on!

Have them ask their friends who live in the state to take the above actions, and to pass this message on!

ACTION #4: Reminders are important.

Studies show that this really makes a difference in getting people to vote.

Put the first reminder on your calendar for October 4 — send a friendly check-in with your friend — have they registered to vote? The links they need are above. Remind them that given their state, their vote literally matters more than most Americans.

Put a second reminder on your calendar for October 18 — check-in again gently… have they requested their Vote-by-Mail ballot? Let them know this makes voting so much easier.

Put a final reminder on your calendar for November 1 — check-in one final time about this election: it’s time to mail their Vote-by-Mail ballot! Remind them that their vote matters, especially because they live in a “swing state”!

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ADDITIONAL SWING STATES that could make a difference:

Michigan
Wisconsin
Virginia
North Carolina
Minnesota
Colorado
Nevada
Iowa

However, focus first on the TOP 3 STATES: Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania. Then take on the other states if you have time.

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Re: voting your conscience… if you’re a Jill Stein fan (as I am), you can safely vote for her in these solid blue states: California, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, DC, Rhode Island, Vermont, Illinois, Massachusetts, Delaware, Washington.

Where I’m getting the data:
http://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2016-election-forecast/#plus

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If you have any suggestions on making this process better, or other steps we can take to clearly influence the election, I very much welcome your comments.

ACTION #5: Share this forward.

Can you think of 5 friends who are especially worried about Trump becoming president? Share this guide with them. Encourage them to channel their worry into effective action.

Written by

Authentic Business Coach & Author of 4 Books including "Authentic Content Marketing" and "Joyful Productivity" https://www.GeorgeKao.com

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