Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Harvard Professor Says GOP Electors are Close to Blocking Trump Win

It seems like a long shot that enough electors will abandon Donald Trump but Harvard University law professor Larry Lessig said Tuesday that 20 Republican Electoral College voters are considering flipping to vote against Trump, more than half the number of anti-Trump votes needed to stall the president-elect from being sworn into office. Thirty seven Trump electors would need to vote against him.

"Obviously, whether an elector ultimately votes his or her conscience will depend in part upon whether there are enough doing the same. We now believe there are more than half the number needed to change the result seriously considering making that vote," Lessig told Politico.

Lessig has been offering free legal counsel to "faithless electors" who are considering casting a ballot for an alternative candidate as opposed to Trump, who earned 306 votes on Election Day, well above the necessary 270.

According to Politico's report, 20 Republican electors have contacted Lessig's group about voting against Trump.

Electors will cast their ballots on Dec. 19.

If anti-Trump electors manage to whip up enough votes against him, the decision would then go to the GOP-controlled House.

(via The Hill)

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