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More Than 2.4 Million Sign Electoral College Vote Change Petition

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By    |   Saturday, 12 Nov 2016 01:44 PM

More than 2.4 million Americans have signed a Change.org petition to the Electoral College to urge members to ignore how their states voted and instead cast their ballots in favor of Hillary Clinton on Dec. 19.

"Mr. Trump is unfit to serve," says the petition, launched by Clinton supporter Elijah Berg of North Carolina, reports Yahoo News. "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."

He further argued the Electoral College can award the presidency to either Trump, who was named president-elect based on the institution's votes, or to Clinton, who received the popular vote.

Berg maintained that there are 24 states that bind electors, but according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 29 states bind electors and can impose fines for those who vote against their state's will.

It's also extremely rare for an elector to vote against his or her own party, reports the conference. That last happened in 1972, when a Republican Party elector cast a ballot for the Libertarian ticket.

There is also a petition, promoted through a website called Faithlessnow.com and set up through Change.org calling for unbound electors to set aside their votes in states including Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.

That petition had almost 16,000 signatures as of Saturday morning.

Back in 2000, when Al Gore lost the Electoral College vote to George W. Bush, Clinton, who was then the first lady, called for the college to be disbanded. Trump, likewise, called the Electoral College a "disaster" in a tweet during the 2012 election.

There are several other petitions aimed at Trump following Tuesday's election, including one calling for him to meet with SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to learn about climate change.

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More than 2.4 million Americans have signed a Change.org petition to the Electoral College to urge members to ignore how their states voted and instead cast their ballots in favor of Hillary Clinton on Dec. 19.
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