Electoral College could deny presidency to Donald Trump

Hawaii Intelligence Digest, 24 November 2016, 04:25 hrs, UTC, Post #34.

The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States is not a done deal.  Nothing is final until state electors meet in their respective state capitals to cast their votes and certify the election.  Electors have until 19 December 2016 to formally declare their support for Mr. Trump.

A group of disgruntled Democrats is working with the “Hamilton Election Project” to prevent Mr. Trump from assuming office on 20 January 2017.  The group needs to convince 37 electors to switch their votes to Hillary Clinton.

CNN reporter Tom LoBianco has more:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/23/politics/faithless-electors-donald-trump-index.html

Accessed on 24 November 2016, 04:25 hrs, UTC.

“Democrats are working with a group that’s lobbying electors from states Trump won to get them to vote against him. The effort is just the latest dive into the mechanics of American democracy by Trump’s opponents, on the left and right, and is astronomically unlikely to the point of being virtually impossible.
“Nothing’s ever a done deal. Quite honestly, Mr. Trump is not the President-elect,” said Polly Baca, an elector from Colorado, noting that Trump is not technically President-elect until the electoral votes have been compiled by the Electoral College.”
Should the Electoral College reject Mr. Trump as president, the selection of our next president would fall to the U.S. House of Representatives.
As New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra once quipped:  “It ‘ain’t over till it’s over.”
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