This doesn’t sound like the best way to bring someone over to your side, but hey, what do I know?
The #NotMyPresident Alliance, a national anti-Donald Trump protest group, has released the personal information of dozens of Electoral College members in states that voted Republican.
A spreadsheet distributed to supporters Wednesday included the personal phone numbers, addresses, religions, races, genders, and candidate preference of the electors. The document does not have a complete set of data on every elector.
The group hopes that its members and citizens around the country will contact electors and persuade them to change their vote from Donald Trump to another candidate before Dec. 19, when electors cast their votes. The group does not advocate for Hillary Clinton or any other specific candidate, rather asking protesters to encourage electors from each state to a consensus that isn’t Trump.
The group has color-coded each elector with how likely they are to change their vote based on their previous comments to press and social media.
Kurt Brown, an elector in Iowa, told BuzzFeed News he has not “totally committed yet” on where his electoral vote will go. His personal phone number and home address were posted in the spreadsheet.
Jon Gedney, the spokesperson of #NotMyPresident and one of its lead organizers, said the information in the document was publicly available and that his group uncovered it through Google searches.
As you know, I don’t get all moralistic about doxing, but again, this doesn’t seem like the best way to get the electors to come over to your side. This whole scheme is destined to fail anyway, but you would think they might try some better tactics. Perhaps a card? Or a fruit basket?