Some Americans Put Their Faith In The Faithless Elector – Should They? (VIDEO)

Feeling hopeless about the 2016 presidential election?

There’s still hope. Become a #faithlesselector.

Check out the following. It’s a law that has rarely been used. When it has been, it has never been fully successful in reversing the Electoral College’s outcome.

Yet, it remains a possibility.

At the stackexchange.com forum an answer to the question as to¬†whether or not it’s possible to stop President Elect Donald Trump went like this:

As of today (November 9th), the United States have not yet elected a president. They have elected an electoral college, which will elect a president on December 19th.

Theoretically the electors could still change their mind and elect someone completely different.

It is not unheard of that individual “faithless electors” vote different than mandated by the result in their state for whatever reason.

In 21 states this is completely legal, and in many others the repercussions are minor.

However you should not bet on this. Never in the history of the United States did enough electors do this to make someone else president than they should have.

In 1836, 23 faithless electors for Virginia were almost successful when it came to electing the vice president. But that was the closest faithless electors ever came to changing an election outcome.

Another reason to protest against Trump now is to undermine his authority as president to convince Congress and Senate members to support him less in the upcoming years.

A president can’t do much without backing from Congress and the Senate.

When a president suggests acts which are amazingly unpopular, party loyalty might not be enough to prevent them from blocking them.

So sending the message “We hate the president and when you let him do what he wants we will hate you too!” could have an influence.”

Here’s another example where a government website quotes the Constitution on electoral law:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.”

In other words, a faithless elector is a member of the United States Electoral College who does not vote for the presidential or vice-presidential candidate for whom they had pledged to vote.

Let’s encourage members of the Electoral College who voted for President-Elect Donald Trump to change their vote in favor of Secretary Hillary Clinton, or at the very least to not enter a vote, which is an option as well.

If you’re interested in adding your name to a #faithlesselector petition go HERE or HERE.

Learn more about the role that the Electoral College played in previous elections:

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R.M. Robbins is a freelance writer and digital journalist in the New York area. She's always interested in interviewing someone with a good story. She owes Liberal America a great big Thank You for allowing her to write and advocate for Hillary Clinton in this historic 2016 season. Reach her at: [email protected] Visit her online portfolio at: www.thewritersnexus.com