As a kid, I was particularly fond of Monopoly, Risk, and chess. How we play (and win) those kinds of games actually correlates quite well to law, business, negotiations, interpersonal human relationships, and especially politics.
I am writing you to present a stupid-simple way out of a Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton presidency. The game plan is simple.
1. If you reside in Utah, vote Evan McMullin (he is currently polling near dead even).
2. If you reside in New Mexico, vote for Gary Johnson.
3. If you are in the following swing states, vote for the highest-polling third-party candidate the week of the election: Iowa, Arizona, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Maine.
4. If Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania are won by third-party voters (or any other number of permutations and combinations) combined with No. 1 and No. 2 above, then neither Hillary nor Trump can get the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the election.
5. So then Congress votes on the election and can choose from the top three electoral vote receivers, which includes those third-party state winners, which in this case would most likely be McMullin and Johnson. This is how John Quincy Adams was elected president in 1824 despite not winning the majority vote or having the most Electoral College votes.
This plan only involves 13 states thinking clearly and strategically, and only really needs seven states to actually execute. I am willing to wager there is a freedom- and sanity-minded super PAC out there willing to spend $100,000 in Facebook ads, a basic website, and simple cooperation with the McMullin and Johnson campaigns.
It isn’t that ridiculous to think we could have a seven- to 13-state coup d’état to save us from this dumpster fire.