(Writer’s Note: When we started this movement, our goal was to get Sanders into the House of Representatives lottery. The Presidential race was set to be a photo-finish and we believed that there was a chance to throw the race into chaos and hope that we could survive round one and force a second round, where our new reps would vote Bernie in to the White House.
But then an eleven year old tape of Donald Trump being a misogynist pig came out and Clinton opened up an insurmountable lead and now it is all but certain that Clinton will win the White House by an electoral landslide.
Never mind that any informed voter will look through the latest Wikileaks, vomit and decide that under no circumstances will any of us be Ready for Hillary.
That’s a matter for another article.
The point is that this huge lead opened up by Clinton has made our job easier.
The people of Vermont were reluctant to support a campaign that could possibly land Trump in the White House, but now that Trump is no longer a factor, our goal has shifted to honoring Bernie Sanders lifetime of service to the people of Vermont, by making Sanders the President of Vermont.
With Vermont only having three electoral votes and Clinton slated to win by a blowout, the people of Vermont can write-in Sanders without worry of inadvertently electing Donald Trump.
So far the people we have spoken with by phone and by canvassing have been overwhelmingly receptive to the idea.
But we need boots on the ground in Vermont.
If you can get to Vermont please contact us and we will put you in touch with our canvassing coordinator.
We really want to give this gift to Bernie and Jane.
They deserve it.
But we need your help.
Now, on to the original article…
After reading Dawn Papple’s excellent article in The Inquisitr a few days ago, about how it was theoretically possible for Bernie Sanders to still become President, I shared the article with some friends and found that they were confused at how this scenario could occur, so I decided to write my own article and hopefully answer everyone’s questions, as well as recruit a few hundred people to help make this into a reality.
Here are some of the questions I received over the last few days while promoting this idea on social media.
Have You Lost Your Mind? Bernie Sanders Dropped Out of the Race!! How Could He Become President???
In order to be elected President a candidate must win 270 electoral college votes.
Each state is assigned so many electoral votes and whichever candidate wins the popular vote in that state wins that state’s electoral votes.
For example, when Donald Trump wins Texas, he will be awarded 38 electoral college votes.
There are 538 electoral votes total.
If the election were held today, Hillary Clinton is predicted to win a very tight race..
Hillary Clinton – 270
Donald Trump – 268
What if there were a way to take three electoral college votes away from Hillary Clinton and award them to someone else, say Bernie Sanders?
Okay I’m Listening. You Still Sound Like a Crazy Person, But I’ll Bite. How Could We Take Three Electoral Votes Away From Hillary Clinton and Give Them to Bernie Sanders?
We take a state with a small population and we organize a write-in campaign for Bernie Sanders.
If only there were a state with an incredibly small population, where all the people who lived there loved Bernie Sanders.
Oh wait, there is!!!
There is actually a state that has only 600,000 residents (approximately 400,000 are of voting age) and nearly all of them are YUGE Bernie Sanders supporters.
I’m speaking of Vermont, of course.
86% of Vermont Democrats voted for Bernie Sanders against Hillary Clinton in their state’s primary.
Bernie Sanders was a very popular mayor and Congressman there.
He is currently the most beloved Senator in America and still representing the great state of Vermont.
They absolutely love him!!
In fact, many Vermont residents say that they are already planning on writing Bernie in.
Wow! I Hadn’t Thought of That. You Actually Sound Less Crazy Now. So What Would Happen If By Some Miracle Bernie Sanders Won Vermont On a Write-In Campaign?
That’s an excellent question.
According to current prognostications, this would change the electoral college results to..
Donald Trump – 268
Hillary Clinton – 267
Bernie Sanders – 3
So Donald Trump Would Win?
Nobody would win.
You have to gain 270 electoral votes to win, remember?
So What Then? Obama Stays In Office?
Funny, but no.
In the event that no candidate is able to attain 270 electoral votes, then the House of Representatives picks a President FROM THE THREE TOP CANDIDATES.
Wait! Gary Johnson Is Polling At 10%!! So Gary Johnson Would Be The Third Candidate!!
It is the three candidates with the most electoral college votes, not the most popular votes.
Johnson is not projected to win any states, so having more votes in the popular vote will not help him.
Also, why are you yelling?
The House of Representatives Is Currently Under Republican Control. You Can’t Expect Me To Believe That The Republicans Would Nominate Bernie Sanders.
It’s a long-shot, but it’s better than no shot.
Republicans, including speaker of The House Paul Ryan, have been looking for a way to get rid of Trump for several months now.
Paul Ryan has repeatedly spoken out about how much Trump is hurting the Party.
The Republicans are even considering installing a super-delegate program going forward to prevent an outsider like Trump from ever being able to usurp their party again.
The GOP wants Trump gone, because they believe his Presidency will be a disaster and will cause long-term damage to the party.
This is of particular concern to Ryan, who plans to make a Presidential run in the near future and any damage to the party could cost him a chance at that run.
Paul Ryan wants to stop Donald Trump, because a Trump Presidency will more than likely hurt Ryan’s future run.
Also if Trump wins, it puts the GOP out of business in the 2020 election, as Trump would run unopposed as the incumbent.
This means that they can’t run Marco Rubio or Paul Ryan in 2020 and both of those candidates would stand an excellent chance of defeating Hillary Clinton if her Presidency is as scandal-ridden as most feel that it will be.
Many Republicans want Trump gone, so they can run an establishment candidate in 2020.
It is also important to remember that Bernie Sanders is NOT a Democrat.
He is trying to help the Democrats, because he wants to stop Donald Trump and he believes that Hillary Clinton will help him further his Progressive agenda.
Bernie Sanders has the respect of many Republican Senators because he is the head of the Senate Veterans Committee and has done a legendary job of passing veteran’s legislation.
Bernie Sanders is to the Democratic Party what Donald Trump is to the Republican Party.
Just as a Trump Presidency would greatly damage the Republicans, a Sanders Presidency would greatly damage the Democratic Party, who seek only to satisfy their corporate owners.
The Republican-controlled House hates Trump almost as much as they hate Hillary.
Believe it or not Bernie Sanders is actually the lesser of three evils in some Republican eyes.
That’s Pretty Interesting. So How Would We Go About Making That Happen?
Massive phone-banking is the answer.
There are only 600,000 people in Vermont and only half of them voted in the 2012 Presidential election.
200,000 voted for Obama.
100,000 voted for Romney.
200,000 are minors.
100,000 did not vote.
Some of these voters will be set on voting for Clinton, but not as many as you might think, due to their die-hard love of Bernie Sanders in Vermont.
Some of these voters will be set on voting for Trump, but many of Vermont’s Republican voters do not like Trump and were looking forward to voting for Bernie, before the DNC cheated him out of the nomination.
In order for Sanders to defeat Clinton and Trump in a write-in vote, he would need to have approximately 130,000 write-ins.
The good news is that Vermont residents can register to vote all the way up to November 2 and still be eligible to vote in the general election on November 8, so we could focus on the 100,000 non-voters in Vermont, as well as registered Democrats who do not like Hillary and registered Republicans who do not like Trump.
So right now what we need is a list of every resident’s phone number in Vermont and a few hundred phone-bankers.
I’ve actually already started writing the script.
It starts out…
Hi! This is Mike with The People for Bernie Sanders. One quick question; Are you excited with the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for President this November?
If they say “Yes”, we end the call.
If they say anything else, we pitch the write-in.
Part of my reason for writing this is that I do not have the phone list.
I need someone who can help me attain it.
I have never undertaken such a task.
If you can help in the acquisition of this list, please email me at…
What If You Can’t Get A List of Vermont Cell Numbers?
Then things become more difficult.
Considering that the average household has three members and two of them are of voting age, that means that we would have to knock on 300,000 doors.
If we relocate to Vermont for one month (something I am already making arrangements to do) then we would need to knock on 10,000 doors per day.
If each activist knocks on 300 doors per day then we would need 30 dedicated people to relocate to Vermont from early October through November 8 (election day).
Considering that Bernie Sanders has millions of activist supporters, this is entirely doable.
We can use Bernie BNB and couch surf with other Sanders’ supporters, so our expenses will be minimal.
If you are serious about relocating for one month or you already live in Vermont, then please contact me at..
Even if we are able to acquire a phone-list, we will still need several volunteers on the ground in Vermont to make this campaign successful.
Have You Asked Bernie About This?
Due to Bernie Sanders’ current positioning with the Democratic Party (basically he is supporting Clinton in return for her support of his Progressive agenda) Bernie is unable to endorse anything that would interfere with a Clinton Presidency.
We will have to be like Bernie.
Doesn’t Bernie Have to Register As a Write-In Candidate For His Win to Be Counted?
Most states require this, but Vermont, New Jersey, Alabama, New Hampshire, Oregon, Wyoming, Delaware and Iowa do not require the candidate to register in order to win a write-in campaign.
So Why Not Organize a Write-In Campaign For All of The Above States?
It’s not necessary.
If prognostications are correct and the race is as close as expected, Bernie only needs to win one state in order to get into The House of Representatives lottery.
Vermont is the easiest state to do this in for reasons we discussed earlier.
So What If You Mess Around and Achieve Your Goal and Then The House Gives the Presidency to Donald Trump?
That is unlikely.
Vermont has been chosen because it is overwhelmingly Democrat by a 2 to 1 margin.
Should our initiative fail, Clinton would still win the state.
Our goal is to give Bernie Sanders his rightful claim to the Presidency without going against his wishes and electing Donald Trump.
If we are successful at pushing the election into the House of Representatives and they were to choose Trump, then so be it.
Perhaps the Democrats will learn a valuable lesson about listening to the will of the people, instead of forcing a corrupt candidate down our throats that we already rejected in 2008.
First and foremost we are trying to right the wrong perpetrated by the DNC in the rigging of the primary election against Bernie Sanders.
Last Question, Crazy Guy; I’m a Jill Stein Supporter Now. What Role Does Jill Stein Play In All of This?
Jill actually does play a role here.
Although Jill herself has stated that the 2016 election is about “consolidating power” to win the 2020 election, Jill Stein supporters may end up helping Bernie Sanders in this scenario.
Jill Stein supporters should continue canvassing, donating and phone-banking on her behalf.
Not only will your activism help Jill in 2020, but a truly concentrated Jill Stein movement in a few battleground states could swing those states to Trump and keep Clinton from achieving the 270 electoral votes required to gain the Presidency.
Our Bernie write-in campaign in no way hinders Jill’s progress.
Wow!! You’ve actually convinced me. What do I do now?
Email me at..
We need phone-lists of Vermont residents.
We also need people who are willing to travel to Vermont for one month or who already live there.
Yes, this is a long-shot, but Bernie Sanders’ entire candidacy was a long-shot from the very beginning.
It is worth a try just to keep the government from falling into the hands of either of these two warmongers.
This is our only hope to stop both Clinton and Trump.
I am ready to make the sacrifice, but I can’t do it alone.
Who’s with me?