The current offensive against Donald Trump’s presidential victory, which he won with 306 electoral votes to Clinton’s 232, includes a campaign to convince electors from states that Trump won to deny him their vote on December 19th.
A few weeks ago, the first “faithless elector” to emerge on the Republican side was none other than Chris Suprun from Texas, a Republican who wrote an editorial that was published in The New York Times, which I’m sure they were only too happy to feature. Chris cited a variety of reason for his refusal to honor his pledge as an elector and represent the voters of his state including Trump’s criticism of the cast of Hamilton, Russian hacking and even Star Wars villain Darth Vader (yes, seriously).
Democratic electors from states like California have organized a campaign to try and flip Trump’s electors, calling themselves the “Hamilton Electors“. They are taking the lead in betraying their duty to the voters by actually proposing they change their votes from Hillary Clinton to a more moderate Republican such as John Kasich. This means that, quite ironically, Hillary may end up with even less electoral votes on December 19th than the 232 she actually won.
Disillusioned Hillary voters have attempted to intimidate Trump’s electors by writing them angry letters and even threatening their lives, prompting the conservative group Oath Keepers to offer their protective services to any electors who fear for their safety.
Now, Trump voters are fighting back with a petition on Change.org requesting the removal of Chris Suprun for his refusal to honor his pledge.
Chris Suprun has stated on Twitter that he refuses to cast his electoral ballot in a manor as those in his precinct have requested, we also ask that he be removed as a GOP member and/or delegate.
As a reminder, in 1952, the Supreme Court ruled that states have the right to require electors to vote for the candidate that their state and party supports, in addition to having the ability to remove them if they refuse.
In United States presidential elections, a faithless elector is a member of the United States Electoral College who does not vote for the presidential or vice-presidential candidate for whom they had pledged to vote. That is, they lack faith in the pledge and vote for another candidate, or fail to vote, or choose not to vote. A pledged elector can become a faithless elector only by breaking their pledge.
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The constitutionality of state pledge laws was confirmed by the Supreme Court in 1952 in Ray v. Blair in a 5–2 vote. The court ruled states have the right to require electors to pledge to vote for the candidate whom their party supports, and the right to remove potential electors who refuse to pledge prior to the election.
At this time the petition has 31,615 signatures and they only need 3,385 more to reach the 35,000 needed. It will likely hit that goal today or tomorrow, and the petition’s owner has stated they will deliver it to the Texas governor as well as their Senator Ted Cruz.
Although the chances are slim that 37 electors will go faithless, which is the number needed to decrease Trump’s total below 270, the recent hysteria from the mainstream media regarding a dubious conclusion that Russian hackers tampering in the election is likely an attempt to give electors an excuse to refuse to vote for Trump.