Urge Electoral College to select winner of popular vote

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Arguing Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and asserting Donald Trump is “unfit to serve” and a “danger to the Republic,” more than 1 million people have signed a petition urging members of the Electoral College to vote for the Democrat when they meet next month.

The petition on Change.org declares, “There is no reason Trump should be president.”

To those who argue the election of Trump is “the people’s will,” the petition insists otherwise, because Clinton “won the popular vote.”

The petition points out the U.S. Constitution establishes that the electors choose the president, and it criticizes the 24 states that bind electors to the state’s popular vote, usually assessing a fine if the elector votes against his or her party.

The 538 electors, typically people who hold a party leadership position, will gather in their respective state capitols to vote Dec. 19. Traditionally, they vote according to their state’s popular vote.

The U.S. Constitution does not require the electors to vote for a particular candidate. But there have been only 157 so-called “faithless electors” in U.S. history who have gone against the wishes of their state’s voters, according to the nonprofit FairVote.

The petition states: “We are calling on the Electors to ignore their states’ votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton. Why? Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic.”

The most recent faithless elector was a Minnesota elector who voted for the Democrats’ vice-presidential nominee, John Edwards, instead of presidential nominee, John Kerry.

Prior to last Tuesday’s election, a Democrat elector in Washington ... he would not vote for Clinton if she won the popular vote in his state.

Robert Satiacum, a member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians who supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, called Clinton a “criminal” who doesn’t care enough about American Indians.

Washington state would have fined Satiacum $1,000 if Clinton had won and he followed through with his vow.

A Republican Electoral College voter from Texas was quoted by Politico in August saying he would go “rogue” and vote for Clinton. But he backed off after Election Day, insisting he will vote for Trump as assigned, the New York Post reported.

A republic

In creating a republic, America’s Founders sought to strike a balance between pure majority rule and aristocracy, as Jarrett Stepman notes in the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal.

In Federalist 68, Alexander Hamilton argued that while the people should have considerable power to choose the president, it’s “desirable” that “the immediate election should be made 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.”

Heritage Foundations legal expert Hans von Spakovsky explained in a paper on the Electoral College that the Founders “struggled to satisfy each state’s demand for greater representation while attempting to balance popular sovereignty against the risk posed to the minority from majoritarian rule.”

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

Stepman pointed out that states are free to select the method in which they choose their electors, and in the early days of the republic, most states chose to have their legislatures pick electors, rather than the people.

By the time of the Civil War, every state had shifted to the popular election method.

Proponents of the Electoral College point out that a pure national vote would make smaller states irrelevant, with campaigns focusing their energies on major population centers.

An organization called National Popular Vote is pressing to eliminate the Electoral College through an amendment to the Constitution or a state compact. The group argues the current system encourages presidential candidates to spend most of their time in “swing states” rather than campaigning for votes across the entire country.

Von Spakovsky contests the assumption, because swing states “can change from election to election, and many states that are today considered to be reliably ‘blue’ or ‘red’ in the presidential race were recently unpredictable.”


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Thanks Frankmusic, signed the petition about the special prosecutor.

Thanks Frank just signed both of them.

These people know no shame. What would have happened if we would have tried some way to get around Obama. We would have been deemed racist, un-American and all that. "Oh it didn't go our way, let's change it now". Nice try, although I do understand if Obamanomics goes away they may have to actually get a job and contribute of society. Might be tough to do after 8 years, guess we should expect them to try everything they can

I wonder how many of these petitioners voted ? there were 8 million fewer votes cast this time as compared to last time

We have a petition as well.  We all signed it Tuesday.

It's got more than a million behind it.

Bravo Ralph, Loud & Clear, the message was, we reject the sordid, corrupt conditions in our Present Govt. and we plan to change it.   DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!     It stinks to high Heaven!!

Whine, whine. I am sick to death of it from those spoiled little turds.

Where were these guys when Bernie Sanders won the popular vote?

Violent protest is not protest, it's an insurrection and should be dealt with on that basis.

But if Hillary somehow becomes President, I want the kneepad concession for Bill's office.

Wow!  Only a million?  I guess the other 50 some odd million that voted for Hillary has already switch to Trump.

so they want to change the rules because Crooked Hillary LOST. You can't do that..One thing is that she really didn't win the Popular Vote because she won CA and N.Y. which are the most populated states in America..that is 2STATES..NOT A NATION POPULARITY..  HEY, WE COULD SAY BACK TO YOU THAT TRUMP WON A LOT MORE STATES THAN HILLARY DID SO THAT MEANS HE SHOULD BE PRESIDENT..?  TRUMP won fair and square because the Silent Majority finally had enough of the Clintons lies and corruption and our Left leaning Politicians..and we SPOKE loud and clear, so put on your big boy and girl panties and grow up..and be sure you don't take $$$  to protest and let Soros bus you all to the protests..I saw the pictures of that being done today..Shame on all of you for saying it was her time and she is a woman and should be Pres...That is NO reason to vote for her..Look at the persons plans and honesty which she definitely isn't honest or trustworthy at all..She as Sec. of State used her position to pad her pockets by asking foreign donors to donate to the Clinton Foundation in return for her giving them favors..and lots of these foreign countries had horrible treatment of women but did that stop her from accepting their Million of Dollars?? NO  That my friends is Pay for Play Corruption..




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