A movement within the Electoral College to deny Republican President-elect Donald Trump the 270 electoral votes necessary to officially become president is growing.
In a Dec. 5 op-ed in The New York Times, Christopher Suprun, a Republican Electoral College delegate from Texas, said, “I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States."
...The election of the next president is not yet a done deal. Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience. I believe electors should unify behind a Republican alternative, an honorable and qualified man or woman such as Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. I pray my fellow electors will do their job and join with me in discovering who that person should be.
The group leading the effort to deny Trump the necessary electoral votes, calling themselves the Hamilton Electors, has support from Harvard law professor Larry Lessig, Politico reports.
"It makes no sense to be elector number five who comes out against Trump,” Lessig said, notes Politico. “But it might make sense to be elector 38.”
Lessig, along with a longtime Durie Tangri associate Mark Lemley established “The Electors Trust” to provide free legal counsel to electors ahead of their Dec. 19 vote.
Donald Trump won 306 electoral votes based on Nov. 8’s popular vote -- well beyond the 270 he needed. However, the law in 29 states binds electors to their party’s nominee. To counter this, the Hamilton Electors are preparing to file legal challenges to overturn this practice.
"I am confident in saying, at this point I don’t think I will be the only one voting for someone other than Donald Trump who is carrying a Republican elector seat," Suprun said, notes ABC News.