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Electoral College Members in Colorado and Texas Seek to Reject Donald Trump
Posted on Dec 6, 2016
In the wake of news that Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in the popular vote, many Americans turned to the Electoral College in hopes that it would vote against Trump.
Now, it seems that several “faithless electors,” or members of the Electoral College who “do not vote for their party’s designated candidate,” are making their own anti-Trump sentiments known. Christopher Suprun, a Republican elector in the state of Texas, wrote an op-ed Monday explaining why he would not cast his vote for Trump:
Suprun lists the reasons he believes Trump is unqualified for office, citing Trump’s “lack of foreign policy experience,” his unfit “demeanor,” past instances in which Trump “urged violence against protesters,” and his “dismissive responses to financial conflicts of interest.”
The New York Times adds that Suprun “said he was not resigning but also won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton.” This statement comes after another Texas elector, Art Sisneros, “resigned last week rather than vote for Trump.”
“I am here to elect a president, not a king,” Suprun told the Times.
Meanwhile, in Colorado, two Democratic electors are going to court Tuesday in an attempt to overturn a Colorado law regarding the Electoral College vote-casting process. Politico reports:
In a separate story, Politico notes that Baca also organized the “Hamilton Electors,” a group “encouraging Republican defections from Trump.” It continues:
In the weeks since the general election, more than 1 million Americans have signed a petition urging the abolishment of the Electoral College.
“Faithless electors,” however, are unlikely to change the results of the presidential election. According to the National Archives and Records Administration, “more than 99% of electors have voted as pledged” throughout America’s history.
And, adds the website Mic, ”with both Clinton and President Barack Obama accepting Trump’s victory and vowing to work with the president-elect during the transition period between now and the Jan. 20 inauguration, it’s exceedingly unlikely the faithless elector effort will gain further traction.”
—Posted by Emma Niles
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