Harvard Professor Says 20 GOP Voters May Flip Against Trump
According to one Harvard professor, 20 GOP members of the Electoral College are close to flipping their vote and voting against Donald Trump.
The Hill reports:
“Obviously, whether an elector ultimately votes his or her conscience will depend in part upon whether there are enough doing the same. We now believe there are more than half the number needed to change the result seriously considering making that vote,” Lessig told Politico.
Lessig has been offering free legal counsel to “faithless electors” who are considering casting a ballot for an alternative candidate as opposed to Trump, who earned 306 votes on Election Day, well above the necessary 270.
The claim that as many as 20 GOP Electoral College voters would vote against Trump and the wishes of a majority of voters in their states flies against other reports.
Only a few voters have publicly sad they will not back the results of their home states, and virtually every GOP elector reached by The Hill said they will vote enthusiastically for Trump.
Politico, citing GOP sources, reported that a Republican whip operation found only one elector, Chris Supran of Texas, would vote against Trump.
So-called “faithless” electors are also a relatively rare occurrence in the Electoral College.
Only 82 electors in U.S. history have voted against their state’s popular votes. None of those changed the outcome of an election.
Electors will cast their ballots on Dec. 19.
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