Art Sisneros, a Texas Republican elector, has decided to resign from his position in the Electoral College rather than cast his vote for President-elect Donald Trump. Sisneros has cited his religious convictions as the reason why he cannot support the business mogul in good faith.
While Trump won the 2016 presidential election on Nov. 8, his victory will not be official until Dec. 19, when all 538 members of the Electoral College cast their votes. Historically, electors cast their ballots based on the popular vote of their states, but some could technically go against the will of their peers, according to The Atlantic.
Months before the November election, Sisneros signaled that he would go against the popular will of his state even if Trump won the presidency, which would have made him a "faithless" elector.
"I got talked into it by a guy who was trying to find enough faithless electors … just for the sake of causing chaos," Sisneros told Politico in August. "That was the plan."
Now it appears that the plan has changed, with Sisneros announcing his resignation from the Electoral College.
On Nov. 26, the Texas GOP elector explained his decision had been influenced by his religious faith during a lengthy post on his blog, The Blessed Path.
"I do not see how Donald Trump is biblically qualified to serve in the office of the Presidency," Sisneros wrote. "Of the hundreds of angry messages that I have received, not one has made a convincing case from scripture otherwise."
"If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I can not and will not vote for Donald Trump for President," Sisneros continued. "I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God."
Instead of following through on his original plan of becoming a faithless elector, Sisneros acknowledged that Trump "will be our President, no matter what my decision is."
The GOP elector announced that he would resign from his position, allowing for his peers to find a replacement who would vote for the president-elect on Dec. 19.
"The people will get their vote," Sisneros concluded. "They will get their Skittles for dinner. I will sleep well at night knowing I neither gave in to their demands nor caved to my convictions. I will also mourn the loss of our republic."
In response to Sisneros' resignation, Texas Republican Party chairman Tom Mechler released a statement commending his integrity.
"We respect Mr. Sisneros' decision and appreciate his willingness to step down from his position as Presidential Elector in Texas," Mechler said.