In a video (below) featuring Martin Sheen, Debra Messing, Bob Odenkirk, and others, celebrities make an appeal to Republican Electoral College electors to vote for anyone but President-elect Donald Trump on Dec. 19.
“You have the position, the authority, and the opportunity to go down in the books as an American hero who changed the course of history,” the celebrities say.
On Election Day, Trump won a total of 306 electoral votes, according to The Hill, which is 36 more than the necessary 270.
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“When Trump's vote count falls below that level,” explains the FAQ section of Unite For America, the group who created the video, “the ballot will then go to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. There, a combination of bi-partisan votes could bring a Republican-led coalition government into existence for the good of the nation.”
According to The Huffington Post, only one republican elector, Chris Suprun, has said that he will not vote for the president-elect, stating that Trump “shows daily he is not qualified for office.” Among his reasons, Suprun lists Trump’s demeanor, lack of foreign policy experience, and the fact that he “urged violence against protesters at his rallies.”
“But I owe no debt to a party,” he wrote. “I owe a debt to my children to leave them a nation they can trust.”
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In 29 states, there are laws that require electors to cast their vote for their state’s popular vote winner. Lawrence Lessig, constitutional law professor at Harvard, and the law firm Durie Tangri have said that they will provide free legal support to any republican electors who don’t vote in accordance with their state’s popular vote.
Part of the lawyers’ role would be to assist electors in assessing the odds. Lessig said, “Our assumption is we’re talking to people who want to be anonymous … there were going to be a lot of electors who were considering what we believe is their constitutional right, to vote their conscience. Whether it makes sense to do it depends on who else is doing it.”
Lessig said that they would be willing to tell electors who among them have committed to voting against Trump. He told Politico that they have heard from as many as 20 republican electors open to voting against Trump.