After the election results became official on Wednesday, a theory (or myth) began circulating in different social networking sites that Hillary Clinton could still win as president with the Electoral College votes on December 19.
The theory says that if enough members of the Electoral College in states where President-elect Donald Trump won either voted for Clinton or abstained, she could still win as president.
The Tumblr page ChonceGiving is reported to be the one who first posted the idea that the electoral college could vote Clinton in the presidency. The post has received more than 175K notes already.
The post calls people to use the hashtag #NotMyPresident to “convince” electors to vote against Trump or abstain.
A petition for the same issue is also active on Change.org and had more than 4 million signatures as of the writing.
A tweet from an unofficial Clinton campaign even contained a link to a document that contains “electoral college contact info.”
So, why is this electoral college theory highly unlikely to be correct? The US Electoral College. Source: Getty Images
The theory suggests that people need only 38 out of the 166 electoral votes to be “faithless electors.” These 166 votes are from the 16 states where Clinton lost out of the 21 that do not restrict which the electors vote for.
These 16 states are Idaho, Arizona, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Texas, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.
If these 38 vote for Clinton, she will reach 270 votes, and if they abstain, the vote will be taken to the House because none of the two will have reached the required number of votes.
That latter part is right, however, Oklahoma Council Public Affairs fellow Trent England said that the probability of electorates abandoning their party is “incredibly slim.”
We should also consider that the congress, both Houses in this manner, is controlled by the Republican Party.
England also pointed out the margin of the votes received by Trump and Clinton. “If Donald Trump had won by one or two or maybe a half dozen electoral votes, that might be realistic, but he is going to end up winning by about 36 electors. And these are people who are party faithful.”
Faithless electors have only acted in the past because they knew it would be symbolic. These instances have also never decided a presidential election, as noted by the History, Art, and Archives page of the U.S. House of Representatives.
England also noted that this is the reason why the House is next in line if the college enter into a stalemate situation.
The Founding Fathers thought that since representatives of both Houses are directly elected by the people’s vote, the voters could easily punish them if they do something illegitimate.
Do you think the electoral college will vote for Hillary on December 19, or they will stay with Trump?
Is the Hashtag Not My President movement enough to make loyal RNC members of the electoral college to vote for Clinton or abstain?
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