Yes they can. It is unlikely, but possible. On December 19, 2016 the 538 members of the United States electoral college will convene to cast their votes for the next president of the United States. In 21 states there is no legislation barring electors from voting as they choose and of the remaining 29 states who do “bar” it, electors still have the ability to vote independent of their state’s pledge, but are subject to small fines. Seventeen states in which Donald Trump won the popular vote: AR, AZ, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MO, ND, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, WV, have no laws requiring members of the electoral college to vote a certain way-so, no fine.
Electors who do not vote as pledged are called “faithless electors”, and voting “faithlessly” is not unprecedented. In the history of the electoral college 157 members have voted against their states pledge. Granted, some of those votes were due to a death, but the majority were not. The electoral vote can change the outcome of a presidential election. The founding fathers had many intentions when they concocted the electoral college, but whether they intended it or not, the constitution gives members of the electoral college the authority to decide the presidency.
If on December 19 there are 38 faithless electors” who vote in opposition to a Trump presidency, Hillary Clinton could still win.
Alexander Hamilton in “The Federalist Papers,” said the Constitution is designed to ensure “that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” The point of the Electoral College is to preserve “the sense of the people,” while at the same time ensuring that a president is chosen “by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”
Will those 538 “men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the situation”consider the divisiveness Donald Trump represents: bigotry, misogyny- including sexual abuse, dishonesty, predatory business practices, association with organized crime figures, misuse of charitable entities? Will they consider his plan to fill a vacant seat in the Supreme Court with a homophobic clone of Mike Pence who would like to control women’s reproductive organs…after Trump finishes grabbing them? They might consider he has appointed White Supremacist Steve Bannon as his Chief advisor.
There must be at least 38 Faithless Electors who see Donald Trumps prodigious shortcomings, and who can not in good conscience vote a man so wholly unqualified to be president. On December 19, when they meet to formally cast their votes for the next president they might also consider that the majority of Americans did not vote for a Trump presidency.
Please consider signing this petition telling the members of the United States electoral college to consider voting their conscience.
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Final Presidential Election Vote Count 2016 – A lot from Lydia https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/final-presidential-election-vote-count-2016/
“That Makes Me Smart” “I have been under audit for almost fifteen years. I know a lot of wealthy people that have never been audited. I said do you get audited? I get … Unfinished https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/that-makes-me-smart/
The Emperor-elect – A lot from Lydia https://alotfromlydia.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/the-emperor-elect/
November 16, 2016