Protests Held At Statehouse As Mass. Presidential Electors Meet To Cast Votes

Dec 20, 2016, 00:08

Most electors said they were bound to cast their votes for the popular vote victor in SC, both ethically and legally - state law requires them to vote for the state's top vote-getter.

As members of the Electoral College from MA were set to cast their votes for Democrat Hillary Clinton at the statehouse Monday, a few hundred protesters gathered for an anti-Donald Trump rally.

Several of the electors chosen by the Democratic State Committee said they had received phone calls or emails from people suggesting they join with Republican electors and pick a compromise candidate for president.

"It will be very bittersweet", elector Betsy O'Berry, an accountant from Ramsey, said before voting at noon in the Minnesota Senate Building.

Other protesters said that the electors should cast their ballots for candidates other than Clinton.

Trump on Monday also has won votes in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia. "In light of the mounting evidence of foreign influence undermining our election, delegates to the Electoral College should have been briefed by the Central Intelligence Agency". "I cast my vote to represent thousands of Democratic Maine voters ― many less than a third my age ― who came into Maine politics for the first time this year because of Bernie Sanders".

One faithless elector has cast a vote in ME - for Sen.

Among those with the lowest level of education - a high school diploma - a full 60 percent of respondents said they thought Trump took the most votes, compared to 12 percent of Democrats.

The group takes its name from Alexander Hamilton, who, when trying to get New Yorkers to ratify the constitution in 1788, pitched the Electoral College as a way to prevent foreign powers from influencing American elections or governance, and to keep those with "talents for low intrigue and the little arts of popularity" out of the presidency.

The political parties each select the requisite number of electors in each state. Those electors meet 41 days after the popular election to cast their ballots. One audience member tried to read out some Scripture before the ballots were cast, but was told he could not speak.

Protesters are expected to journey to the Capitols in all 50 states, including MI, to show their opposition to a Trump presidency.

Typically, the Electoral College follows suit with the results from Election Day. Ten states and the District of Columbia have already signed the compact.

The Vermont electors are Gov. Peter Shumlin, state Rep. Tim Jerman and Martha Allen, president of the Vermont chapter of the National Education Association. If a MI elector doesn't vote for that person, they are deemed to have resigned and are replaced.

The votes from all of the country's electors will be counted in a joint session of Congress on January 6. That's fifth-most electors in the nation.

Leaked emails which disclosed details of Hillary Clinton's paid speeches to Wall Street, party infighting and criticism over her use of a private email server led to embarrassing headlines and the resignation of some party officials.

Across social media Monday, people were reacting to the Electoral College.

Protests are planned for state capitals, but they are unlikely to persuade the Electoral College to dump Trump.

Trump's MI electors have been barraged since the November 8 election with letters and emails from individuals from across the country urging them to not support Trump.

Trump won 306 electoral votes, 36 more than the 270 he needed to become president. This is the highest number of faithless electors in any presidential election, but it still didn't impact the outcome as majority backed another Democrat choice.

Chris Suprun, a Republican elector from Texas, said he would vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R).

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