Declaration of Support
for a Free and Peaceful Election

As Americans, we believe in the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

We remember George Washington’s parting words, warning of the dangers of factionalism and urging us never to forget the “immense value of our national union to our collective and individual happiness.”

As Americans, we are devoted to government of the people, by the people, for the people.

As patriots who love our country, therefore, we pledge our unswerving support to the free, fair, and peaceful conduct of the electoral process — from election preparation through the voting process, and from the full counting of votes to the final declaration of the results.

As Americans, we respect the right to disagree. We fully support the right of peaceful protest and equally fully reject the use of violence.

We pledge ourselves to respect the legal results, no matter who wins.

This is America. We have successfully held elections through previous crises — from the Civil War through two World Wars and the Great Depression. We can do this.

We pray that the victor governs in a spirit of respect and unity as the President of all Americans.

In the years to come, we aspire, as Abraham Lincoln urged us, to “bind up the nation's wounds... with malice toward none and charity for all.”