A Texas elector is quitting his post in the Electoral College rather than vote for president-elect Donald Trump, reported the Dallas Morning News.
Art Sisneros, 40, wrote in a blog this weekend that he believed his best option was to give up his position to "someone that can vote for Trump" rather than do it himself. The Republican elector said "voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God."
"I do not see how Donald Trump is biblically qualified to serve in the office of the presidency," Sisneros posted on the blog "The Blessed Path" on Saturday. "Of the hundreds of angry messages that I have received, not one has made a convincing case from scripture otherwise."
"If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump for president."
The Austin American-Statesman said Sisneros voted for Tom Hoefling of Iowa in a write-in ballot for president.
Electors are scheduled to meet in Austin on Dec. 19 to cast the state's 38 votes for Trump, noted the Statesman.
"I believe to resign is to honor the intent of the pledge as it relates to the people of my district," Sisneros said in the lengthy blog post. "… This will allow the remaining body of Electors to fill my vacancy when they convene on Dec 19 with someone that can vote for Trump."
Trump handily won the Electoral College vote 306-232, according to the latest update from CNN. In 29 states either statutes or party rules theoretically bind electors to honor state results, noted the Los Angeles Times.
According to the latest popular vote update by the Cook Political Report on Sunday, Hillary Clinton won 64.8 million votes, or 48.1 percent, compared to Trump's 62.4 million, or 46.4 percent of the vote.
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