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Anti-Trump Forces Lobby Electoral College Republicans to Change Vote

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By    |   Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 10:10 AM

Forces that oppose President-elect Donald Trump have embarked on lawsuits and lobbying to persuade 37 Republican electors in the Electoral College to vote for a candidate besides Trump, according to Politico.

Politico's report said the plan appears to make the Electoral College's final vote more uncertain, which could make states more willing to remove the college from the presidential election and rely on the popular vote.

"There might well be a clamor to get rid of the Electoral College altogether," Harvard University constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe told Politico. "Anyhow, clamor and anger have become par for the course in this loony election year."

Twenty-nine states have laws that force electors to support their party's candidate on Dec. 19, when the Electoral College casts the official presidential vote. Leaders of the anti-Trump forces plan to challenge those laws, Politico reported.

The anti-Trump forces say they have gathered lawyers to defend any electors who oppose their party’s candidate and in doing so, break state law in some cases.

Trump won the popular vote in enough states to make up 306 electoral votes, a number that is above the 270 needed to win the presidency—if all electors vote for him. The anti-Trump contingent needs 37 Republicans to defect, which would send the final decision to the House of Representatives.

Politico reported that if a handful of electors change their votes, it would go against the popular votes of millions, which might raise interest in reforming the Electoral College.

Trump advisor Roger Stone emailed Politico to say, "I am tracking it intensely." He is sure the movement to change electoral votes will not succeed.

Colorado’s Polly Baca, a leader of the Democratic group Hamilton Electors, told Politico she is not attempting to end the Electoral College, just return it to its original purpose as a safeguard against an unfit president.

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by at least 2.2 million, Politico reported.

A compact is in the works to elect the president by popular vote. Ten Democrat-led states and the District of Columbia have signed on, and some Republican legislators support it. Saul Anuzis, a veteran GOP operative, told Politico that he believes the compact is "rational."

However, Politico's report said it appears unlikely that Republicans would want to change the Electoral College, since it gained their candidate the presidency.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, a Democrat, weighed in on the issue, saying Trump winning despite losing the popular vote "doesn’t make sense."

The Denver Post presented an opposing opinion, saying the Electoral College is vital because it keeps any one party from gaining too much authority.

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