A member of the Texas Electoral College has declared that he will not be voting for President-elect Donald Trump, even though Trump won the state of Texas during the election.
CNN reports that 36-year-old Christopher Suprun, a paramedic from Texas who served as a firefighter during the Sept. 11 attacks, wrote in an op-ed published by The New York Times that he is refusing to vote for Trump on Dec. 19, when the Electoral College officially casts its ballots.
According to the Federal Government’s website, the Electoral College is a system devised by the founding fathers and established in the Constitution. It acts as a compromise between the election of a president by Congress and election by popular vote. Each state is assigned a number of electors, adding up to 538 in total. For someone to win the presidency, they must win at least 270 electoral votes.
The number of electors per state varies depending on the number of members of Congress. Each state has one elector per congressman, and two electors per senator. The electors are chosen by the political parties of each state, and rules for selection vary by state.
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It is highly unusual for an elector to vote against the will of the people but Suprun, a registered Republican, has firmly stated he will do just that.
"Fifteen years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic," he wrote. "On Dec. 19, I will do it again."
Suprun goes on to state that the Electoral College still has a chance to put another Republican in place -- someone like Ohio Governor John Kasich.
For Trump to lose the presidency, 36 other electors along with Suprun would have to decide not to vote for him. The odds of such an occurrence are extremely slim. But that has not deterred Suprun from making his case regarding Trump’s readiness to be president.
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"He does not encourage civil discourse, but chooses to stoke fear and create outrage," Suprun wrote in the editorial.
Suprun added that Trump's actions, such as saying that "Russia should hack Hillary Clinton's emails" and urging "violence against protesters at his rallies during the campaign" show that he is not qualified to be president.
Suprun went on to decry the advisors and cabinet members Trump has selected to help him lead the country. "He has surrounded himself with advisers such as Stephen K. Bannon, who claims to be a Leninist and lauds villains and their thirst for power, including Darth Vader," he wrote. "Gen. Michael T. Flynn, Mr. Trump's pick for national security adviser, has his own checkered past about rules."