Politics

Kansas Electors Urged To Not Choose Trump, Despite Win

| by Ray Brown

About 57 percent of Kansas voters picked President-elect Donald Trump to be their next president, but the state's electors have been flooded with pleas to go against the people's will, according to Kansas TV station WKCH.

"When you're getting 4,000-5,000 emails a day, I can't even keep up," said Kelly Arnold, head of the state's Republican party and one of the state's electors. "It's been interesting.”

“I mean people are hitting me up [on] Twitter, Facebook anyway they can communicate and track me down, they are,” Arnold told KSNW. “It’s specifically the emails that is the really obsessive amount...just in the last few days I have received now over 20,000 emails to my private email account.”

“Some people put in personal reasons why. Others put in the fact that he didn’t receive the popular vote,” Arnold added.

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"I have 27,000 unopened emails," Republican State Rep. Mark Khars told WKCH. "It really caught me off guard. I had no idea I was going to get all these emails," he said.

But the letters haven't changed Arnold's mind about putting in his electoral vote for the candidate whom the majority of his state's voters chose.

“You know, I hear your first amendment right to try to lobby me to change my vote, but the election is over and we have to support our new administration just like we support our current president,” he said, according to KSNW.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2 million votes, but lost the electoral college, which determines the presidency. That has inspired Democratic lawmakers, such as Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, to work to abolish the system.

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"In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote," Boxer said in a statement. "When all the ballots are counted, Hillary Clinton will have won the popular vote by a margin that could exceed two million votes, and she is on track to have received more votes than any other presidential candidate in history except Barack Obama. This is the only office in the land where you can get more votes and still lose the presidency. The Electoral College is an outdated, undemocratic system that does not reflect our modern society, and it needs to change immediately. Every American should be guaranteed that their vote counts."

"In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted, 'The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy,'" Boxer added. "I couldn't agree more. One person, one vote!"

Sources: KWCH, KSNW, Sen. Barbara Boxer/ Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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