Long-Shot Bid to Block Trump Arrives at Electoral College MondayThe Electoral College’s 538 members gather Monday at 50 state capitols to cast the ballots that matter the most when it comes to electing a U.S. president.
Normally sedate affairs that pass with little notice, this year’s proceedings have been injected with a bit of drama and a dash of uncertainty with an unprecedented campaign by a small group of electors to overturn the results of Election Day.
The attempt to deny Donald Trump the presidency by trying to convince Democratic and Republican peers to back someone else is almost sure to fail. But it injects still more rancor in what already has been a divisive political season and serves as a capstone for a 2016 presidential election that will go down as one of the oddest in U.S. history.
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Electors around the country are being harassed with a barrage of emails, phone calls and letters — and even death threats — in an effort to block Donald Trump from being voted in as president by the Electoral College on Monday.
But the Desert News reported that under Utah law, Trump must receive all the state’s Electoral College votes, since he won the election in the state.The paper said Utah’s six Republican electors are being inundated with emails pressing them not to support Trump.
One of them, Salt Lake County Councilman Richard Snelgrove, said there’s no way he’ll cave in to the pressure.
“No, Trump won the Electoral College fair and square,” he said.
The effort to deny the electoral vote to Trump was launched shortly after the Nov. 8 election.
The Clinton campaign came out in support of the effort Monday, backing an open letter from 10 Democratic electors to National Intelligence Director James Clapper calling for an intelligence briefing on what role Russian hackers may have played in the election.
I know it is a violation of federal law to intimidate voters at the voting places on Election Day. I wonder if that law also applies to intimidating voters at the Electoral College; and if not, WHY NOT?