For some of us, the idea of a Trump presidency is so unimaginable, that we are looking for any possible alternative to ensure that he does not take the oath of office. Through much research, the concept of the “faithless elector” re-surfaced, and many are hoping that is our last chance to stop Trump.
When there is an election, chosen electors of the Electoral College are not only bound to support a candidate based their regions voters, but they also meet several weeks later to vote in their state’s capital. The electors will vote for president, when they meet on Dec. 19.
Although they are bound to a candidate right now, there is nothing technically stopping an elector from refusing to support the candidate to whom they were bound or abstaining from voting, reported the NY Post.
If they choose to abstain or refuse to support the candidate they are bound to, then they become a “faithless elector.”
Now, before you get too excited, it should be mentioned that the actual existence of a faithless elector is extremely rare. The last time the notion was discussed was in the 2000 election when Bush only beat Gore by five electoral votes — even though Gore won the popular vote.
In the 2004 election, one elector went rogue and refused to support John Kerry, but this had no impact on the result.
Honestly, it is very rare for electors to ignore the will of their voters; yet, with the amount of Trump protests that have occurred, some believe now is the time for the electors to do what is best for the country.
On December 19 we will see if the electors stick with the program, or go rogue, and put Hillary Clinton back in the White House.