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I remain hopeful that tomorrow will bring the election results we want. In fact, I believe this will be the case.

But I remain open to the possibility that it won’t. And I am open to the possibility that despite a clear victor, the government will attempt a coup — undermining and overturning the will of the people in order to remain in power. 

It’s that possibility that I am most focused on today. We hope for and expect the best, but prepare for the worst.

We can know it’s a coup if the government:

  • Stops counting votes
  • Declares someone a winner who didn’t get the most votes, or
  • Allows someone to stay in power who didn’t win the election.

Here’s my ask to you: If any of these start happening, don’t be bashful: Call it a coup openly and loudly. Get your family and friends bought in: This is not normal and it’s not OK. Spread that message. And then find a Protect The Vote event to make your voice heard.

This next week may require us to show up for our communities in ways that might seem hard to fathom right now. Are you prepared?

To sign up for updates helping you understand when a coup attempt has started and how you can resist, Text CHOOSE to 50409 or learn more at: https://choosedemocracy.us

And if you haven’t already, get out there and vote!


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Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is the founder and editor of Kindling. Peter is also Senior Digital Engagement Associate for the Pacific Institute and the UN Global Compact's CEO Water Mandate, connecting businesses to sustainable water practices. Peter holds a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from University of California, Berkeley, and an M.B.A. in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University. He lives in Bellingham, WA, USA with his wife, son, and cat.

2 comments

  1. Ugata B. Kiden

    You seem to ignore the law of the land – the law of the land is NOT popular vote its the electoral college – advocating that people ignore the law of the land is hardly peaceful

    1. Peter Schulte

      People absolutely should abide by the law of the land. I was referring to attempts to overturn the outcomes of the electoral college – by calling to stop vote counting or claiming fraud without evidence, etc.

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