2016 saw the most highly contested Presidential election in our nation’s history and on December 19 his victory will become finalized as members of the Electoral College cast their votes as they were elected to do.
Historically this has never been an issue. The Electoral College has always voted the way their electorate thought they should vote, but it’s also well within their rights to vote differently. And that’s just what a handful of the electorate are opting to do.
Christopher Suprun, was a first responder fire fighter on September 11, 2001 to the Pentagon, and now he has the high privilege of being a Presidential Elector. He published a very passionate explanation as to why he will NOT be casting his electoral vote for Trump.
I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States,” he states. “Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think presidents-elect should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.
He goes on to list the many ways he feels that Trump is unqualified to be Commander in Chief, and how his business approach to foreign policy will do more to jeopardize America’s position in the world, than actually help. He then elaborates on Trump’s cabinet picks so far:
The election of the next president is not yet a done deal. Electors of conscience can still do the right thing for the good of the country. Presidential electors have the legal right and a constitutional duty to vote their conscience. I believe electors should unify behind a Republican alternative, an honorable and qualified man or woman such as Gov. John Kasich of Ohio. I pray my fellow electors will do their job and join with me in discovering who that person should be.
Fifteen years ago, I swore an oath to defend my country and Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. On Dec. 19, I will do it again.
Are there more Electors that feel the same way? Those who haven’t been vocal about switching their votes have been receiving death threats from Hillary supporters. It’s unlikely that the three Electors officially switching their votes will effect the final outcome of the election, but we shall see.