Millions Sign Petition Asking Electoral Colleges To Make Hillary President
All hope is not lost for Hillary to become POTUS.
In a shocking turn of events, Americans made anti-politician Donald Trump president-elect last week, but many have not yet given up hope for his opponent, Hillary Clinton, to become the 45th President of the United States, signing a petition urging electoral colleges to vote for her on Dec 19.
The petition, which has been signed by more than 4.3 million people, argues Trump is unfit to be POTUS, and, because Clinton won the popular vote (meaning she got the majority of total votes), ECs should vote against their pledges and make the secretary President.
‘Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. 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. Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President,’ the petition reads.
This is in fact a possible outcome, as the American voting system has three different stages. In the first one, the people vote their electors, who pledge beforehand to vote for the candidate who wins in their party. The electors then vote for a presidential candidate, and while they are supposed to stay true to their own party, they can technically vote for the opposition (which is known as the ‘faithless elector’ scenario), thereby overturning the electoral vote.
This outcome is unlikely, but not unprecedented. In 2004, an anonymous elector actually cast his vote for Democrat John Edwards instead of the party’s winning candidate, John Kerry.
In some states, it is illegal to vote ‘faithlessly’, however, there has never been a prosecution; usually the penalty involves a relatively small fine, which the petition’s leaders have already pledged to pay.
With Trump getting 279 electoral votes compared to Clinton’s 228, it would take dozens of faithless electors to be able to swing the election’s outcome, and even if this were to happen, there is a third and final stage of the election Clinton would still have to win: after the electors cast their vote, the result has to be approved by Congress, which is scheduled to happen on January 6 next year.
If just one House member and one senator objects to the Electoral College’s vote, then the new members can retreat to chambers to make a decision.
Ultimately, the chance for Hillary Clinton to become the first female president of the United States remains very slim, but in an election as unusual and ‘nasty’ as this one, nothing seems impossible.
Comment: Have you signed the petition? What are your thoughts on this election’s outcome?