At least six Democratic members of the Electoral College have signed a pledge to attempt to block Donald Trump from winning a majority of the Electoral College votes. Their effort aims to not only prevent Trump from becoming president but to undermine the Electoral College system in a bid to persuade lawmakers to change the federal voting system.
The electors are mostly former Bernie Sanders supporters who come from Colorado and Washington. They are presently working to persuade their Republican counterparts from other states to ignore their oaths, and in certain cases, state law, to cast a non-Trump vote on Dec. 19 when the Electoral College gathers to vote for the next President.
They would have to successfully persuade 37 Republican electors to vote against Trump in order to deny the real estate mogul the presidency. However, even if this scenario took place, the Republican-run House of Representatives might elect Trump anyway, Politico reports.
"The Founding Fathers created the Electoral College as the last line of defense, and I think we must do all that we can to ensure that we have a Reasonable Republican candidate who shares our American values," Michael Baca, one of the electors, said in a statement, according to the International Business Times.
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A second "rebel" elector said "the controversy and the uncertainty that would immediately blow up into a political firestorm in the U.S. would cause enough people — my hope is — to look at the whole concept of the Electoral College."
Immediately after the election, in a Change.org petition, Clinton supporters formally asked the voters of the Electoral College not to vote for Trump. The petition, titled “Electoral College: Make Hillary Clinton President on Dec. 19,” has collected 4.5 million signatures thus far.
"Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic,” an excerpt of the petition reads. “Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President."
It is as yet unknown how many faithless electors will vote against Trump on Dec. 19, but political science professor George Edwards III opined that having "eight or 10 Trump electors" voting for another candidate would "probably get people's attention."