Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters are rallying around a long-shot effort to make her president.
The scheme relies on electors looking past their states’ vote totals and putting the winner of the national popular vote in the White House.
Clinton is ahead by 1.7 million individual ballots, but she’s set to lose the Electoral College contest. The institution has historically had the final say in the presidential election, and it will make a decision on Dec. 19.
Hillary Clinton’s most ardent supporters are rallying around a long-shot effort to make her president
Donald Trump is on track to win 306 Electoral College if Michigan is called for him before the process is completed.
Without Michigan, he’s at 290. The threshold to become president is 270.
Clinton backers are circulating a Change.org petition urging electors to mind the national popular vote and mark Clinton’s name down on decision day, even if she didn’t win a majority of ballots in their state.
‘If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win. However, in 14 of the states in Trump’s column, they can vote for Hillary Clinton without any legal penalty if they choose,’ the petition says.
THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE
The Electoral College, not the national popular vote, decides presidential elections.
The college is made up of 538 electors, who are picked by voters in their state. The way in which individuals are chosen for the position varies depending on the state.
A state’s elector count mirrors the number of federal lawmakers it has. The District of Columbia is allowed three electors, as well.
Federal officials are barred from serving as electors.
All but two states, Maine and Nebraska, have winner-take-all systems that award their entire slate of electors to the candidate who wins a majority of ballots.
The Monday after the second Wednesday in December electors formally cast their voters.
Electors could choose to abstain, switch to the other party or write someone else in entirely, but they rarely do.
A Washington, D.C. elector who abstained nearly thwarted George W. Bush in 2000.
He won the White House with 271 votes.
Had two more electors refused to put down Bush’s name, the nation’s vice president, Al Gore, would have had a new opportunity to earn the Oval Office.
The House of Representatives acts as the decider if a single candidate is unable to reach the Constitutionally-mandated 270 votes in the Electoral College.
Clinton has 232 electors to her name if the states she did win stay on course. She’d need 38 electors to flip to get to 270.
If 20 of the electors that are currently in Trump’s column, not including the ones he may earn from Michigan, abstain or give their vote to Clinton, the House of Representatives would choose the next president. Each state delegation would receive one vote.
The states her supporters are targeting in their gamble to win the race for Clinton outright have a total of 149 electors. Other states, they note, bind electors, but the penalty in some is a fine. They could buck the rules if they wanted.
‘Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic,’ the petition says.
‘Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President.’
Nearly 4.6 people have signed the online petition. More than 125 million Americans voted in the 2016 presidential election.
Clinton backers have also been calling the Justice Department, demanding that they audit the vote.
The sibling of a top Clinton aide, Heba Abedin, sister of Huma Abedin, argued on Facebook that a 55,000 vote swing from Trump to Clinton in the Rust Belt states would make all the difference.
‘They are starting to recognize there really is something off about the election results as they come in,’ Abedin said in the post. ‘Considering everything that is at stake, a vote audit should be done.’
She listed DOJ’s phone number and told Clinton supporters to keep calling until they get through.
Heba’s sister Huma has been at Clinton’s side since she was secretary of state. She dropped off the trail the last week and a half of the campaign after the FBI found messages on her estranged husband’s computer that led to the reopening of Clinton’s email case.
Huma’s soon-to-be ex-husband, Anthony Weiner, is under investigation for sexting a minor. Clinton blames Director James Comey’s announcement that the bureau was revisiting her case for her pending Electoral College loss.
Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump by 1.7 million individual ballots, but she’s set to lose the Electoral College contest. The institution has the final say in the presidential election, and it will make a decision on Dec. 19
Clinton backers have also been calling the Justice Department, demanding that they audit the vote
Heba Abedin (left) sister of Huma Abedin (right) argued on Facebook that a 55,000 vote swing from Trump to Clinton in the Rust Belt states would make all the difference
Actress Debra Messing told her Twitter followers to place calls to the Department of Justice yesterday
The Democrat’s supporters are refusing to give up.
Actress Debra Messing, a surrogate for Clinton, told her Twitter followers to place calls to the Department of Justice yesterday.
A spokesman for DOJ told the Washington Post, ‘The Justice Department does not tally the number of callers to determine whether federal action is warranted.
DOJ’s David Jacobs told the Post in a statement: ‘Investigatory decisions are based solely on the facts and evidence as they relate to the federal statutes the department enforces.’
Messing was a surrogate for Clinton, appearing at several events for her
A team of experts that includes computer security buffs says it has compelling evidence that Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania could have been hacked to artificially lower turnout.
They say Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in Wisconsin counties in which votes were counted electronically, compared to those with paper ballots and optical scanners.
Based on their calculations, a hack could have cost Clinton 30,000 votes there. She lost the state – and its ten Electoral College votes – by 27,000 ballots.
Michigan was too close to call with a gap of 11,000 votes, denying Clinton its 16 electors. She missed out on Pennsylvania’s 20 Electoral College votes by 68,236 individual ballots.
They group presented its data to Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta, and general counsel Marc Elias, last Thursday, New York magazine said.