Clinton backers try to sway presidential electors to overturn results

  • 22 November 2016
  • NormanL
Clinton backers try to sway presidential electors to overturn results

The final, constitutionally mandated vote on the presidential election occurs in December, when electors gather in state capitols to cast their votes. Based upon the popular votes, and that almost every state state awards its electors on a winner-take-all basis, we know how the electors will vote, and Donald Trump will command a majority. But that's not prevented Hillary Clinton supporters from mounting a last ditch push to change the outcome:

Tennessee's Electoral College members say they're being harassed by opponents of President-elect Donald Trump who have inundated them with hundreds of emails and phone calls asking them to change their electoral vote.

Several members of Tennessee's Electoral College delegation told The Tennessean this week they've received as many as 200 emails per day and a handful of phone calls. Electors in other states told the Tennessean they too have received similar barrages of email.

"Certainly I would call it harassment," said Pat Allen of Clarksville, Tennessee's Electoral College representative for the 7th Congressional District.

Allen said she spent almost an hour deleting the emails, many of which circle around the same talking points hammered by Trump opponents.

Hillary Clinton won the popular vote nationwide, but Trump won the electoral votes.

Allen and others say they don't plan to change their vote next month when the Electoral College votes are officially recorded across the country.

"There's no amount of money you could pay me to (change my vote)," said Lynne Davis, an Electoral College member from Lascassas, part of the 4th Congressional District.

Will Sellers, an Alabama attorney who represents the second congressional district in that state told the Tennessean he has also received emails, and while he appreciates the engagement in the electoral process from concerned Americans, "they've just wasted a lot of everybody's time."

We do give them points for persistence. But as for trying to change minds? That's not very likely. Electors are chosen very carefully so they cast their ballots in accordance with the popular vote in their state. There have bene instances of so-called faithless electors, but they are rare, indeed.

And this time around, especially considerng the left's unhinged behavior since Clinton's defeat, we would, if anything, to expect Trump's electors to be even more strongly committed to him than they were before Election Day.