Various efforts to block Donald Trump from taking the presidency are underway.
The efforts involve getting electors in the Electoral College to vote for someone other than Trump, Politico reports.
As explained by CBS News, the Electoral College takes place five weeks after the election. There are 538 electors -- one for each congressional district, plus two for the senate seats. The electors’ ballots are counted on Jan. 6, at which time the election results become official.
However, about half the states do not bind their electors to the winning candidate, enabling so-called “faithless electors” to vote for someone else if they choose.
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A Change.org petition, urging electors to vote for Hillary Clinton--who won the popular vote--has gotten over 4 million signatures as of Nov. 15.
There is also an effort within the Electoral College, initiated by two Democrat electors, P. Bret Chiafalo of Washington State, and Michael Baca of Colorado. They are attempting to persuade 37 of their Republican colleagues to abandon Trump and write in Mitt Romney or John Kasich.
Flipping 37 votes is the number needed to take the Electoral College victory away from Donald Trump.
“This is a longshot. It’s a Hail Mary,” Chiafalo admits. “However, I do see situations where -- when we’ve already had two or three [Republican] electors state publicly they didn’t want to vote for Trump. How many of them have real issues with Donald Trump in private?”
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Republican electors who have expressed reservations about Trump include Jane Lynch of Arizona, Baoky Vu of Georgia, Erich Reimer of Virginia and Texas electors Chris Suprun and Art Sisneros.
Lynch and Suprun have indicated that they intend to vote for Trump reluctantly, Reimer says he will flip his vote only if GOP leaders approve, Sisneros remains undecided, and Vu resigned.
In U.S. history, there have been 157 faithless electors, and they’ve never decided a presidential election, notes Fairvote.org. There have been only seven faithless electors since World War II, with one in each of the 1948, 1956, 1960, 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1988 elections.