Upset that Hillary Clinton lost the election, some of her supporters want U.S. Electoral College members to change their vote to get Donald Trump out of the Whitehouse.
From Fox News: The Electoral College is part of the Constitution and is composed of 538 members, with each state and the District of Columbia having one member, or electorate, for every senator or House lawmaker.
Trump won 290 of the so-called electoral votes, in the race to get a minimum 270.
However, members don’t officially cast their ballots until December 19, which has Trump opponents making long-shot efforts to reverse the outcome, including petition drives to get the electorates to switch their votes.
The largest effort is through the website Change.org, which as of Saturday has about 3 million signatures, getting closer to its goal of 4.5 million.
Petition organizers argue on the site that some states don’t require their electorates to vote for the presidential nominee who had the most votes in their state.
And for electorates in states that by law require them to ballot for the nominee who won the most votes, “their vote would still be counted, they would simply pay a small fine,” the organizers write. “We can be sure Clinton supporters will be glad to pay!”
One online petition signer wrote on the site via Twitter: “It’s our chance of getting Trump out of the Whitehouse.”
The most recent presidential election in which a nominee won the popular vote but lost the election through the Electoral College vote was 2000, when Democrat Al Gore lost to Republican George W. Bush following a days-long recount of votes in Florida and other states.
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