Electors Trying To Convince Others To Change Their Votes For The 2016 Presidential Election

It could be the ultimate sideline, but it may be their last shot. Two Democratic Party Electors are campaigning to convince 37 Republican electors to go rogue. That would be more than enough to turn the election on its head yet again.

With the way, the electoral college works, the people don't vote for an actual candidate on Election Day; they vote for which party's electors get to cast the vote for president. That vote is coming on December 19, and many who fear a Trump presidency are holding on to that last straw for dear life.

P. Bret Chiafalo and Micheal Baca of Colorado, two electors of the Democratic Party, launched a campaign they are calling 'Moral Electors.' They're targeting and urging 37 Republican electors slated to vote for trump to become 'faithless electors,' or electors that turn on their party.

Faithless electors almost never happen, and on the rare occasion they have happened, never have they actually made a difference in a presidential victory. However, if Democrats could get 37 electors to turn tail on their parties (which would make them virtual outcasts, lose their electoral position and in many cases, result in them being fined), Trump could still be dumped and Clinton could take office.

"This is a longshot. It’s a Hail Mary,” admits Chiafalo to Politico.com. “However, I do see situations where — when we’ve already had two or three [Republican] electors state publicly they didn’t want to vote for Trump. How many of them have real issues with Donald Trump in private?"

Chiafalo and Baca are not the only ones praying for a Democratic Party miracle; online petitions by people urging electors to go rogue and dump Trump have garnered more than half a million signatures in just a week.

Unfortunately for the hopeful, even Chiafalo and Baca doubt it's going to happen. But hope springs eternal, at least until for another month.

Source: Politico
Photo: Jesusemen Oni / VOA

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