Democrats and voters who are still upset that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton are grasping at straws in attempt to reverse the decision of millions of people across the country.
Besides protesting in the streets under the rallying cry of “Not My President”, anti-Trump groups are also attempting to bend the rules of the election by reaching out to electors in all the states to try and convince them to switch their vote to Hillary Clinton. As you know, the electoral college assigns a number of electors to each state based on their population, and whichever candidate wins the state by popular vote receives all of those electors.
Those electors then convene, this year the date is December 19th, in their respective states and cast their ballots for whoever won that state during the election. It is extremely rare in our history for an elector to refuse to vote in the direction that their state had voted, happening only a handful of times and having no consequence on the actual election.
Clinton supporters started a petition on Change.org in attempts to convince electors to change their votes, saying that they are sure Hillary will pay their “small fine”.
“If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win,” the petition states. “However, they can vote for Hillary Clinton if they choose. Even in states where that is not allowed, their vote would still be counted, they would simply pay a small fine – which we can be sure Clinton supporters will be glad to pay! We are calling on the Electors to ignore their states’ votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton.”
These Clinton voters have even been contacting the electors individually in each state, telling them to forgo democracy and the will of the people by changing their votes to Hillary in order to prevent Trump from becoming president. This effort is similar to the “Never Trump” movement within the Republican party during the primaries, also seeking to subvert the will of the voters, and we all know how that turned out.
It doesn’t appear their efforts are taking hold, as the first elector to respond had some choice words for this movement.
John Harper, who is one of the electors representing Texas’s 38 electoral votes, has responded to this request by calling it “foolish” and saying these people “must not know much about Texas citizens”, thinking they would ever change their votes to Hillary Clinton. He also forwards the email on to the District Director of the Texas Federation of Republican Women in hopes they can take “legal action” against “you and your ilk”.
Leave it to Texas to lead the charge against these sore losers hoping to overturn democracy in order to get their way. I imagine they aren’t getting a very positive response from electors in their efforts to undermine our entire electoral system.