On Monday, if everything goes as planned, New York real estate billionaire Donald John Trump will be elected the 45th President of the United States. The Electoral College, the brainchild of Alexander Hamilton that is named in Article II of the U.S. Constitution, is composed of 538 Electors who collectively represent the combined total members of the U.S. House and Senate for each state.
For Ohio, the number of Electors is 18, although it once was as high as 25 in the 1920s. The Twelfth Amendment requires each elector to cast one vote for president and another vote for vice president, Wikipedia says, adding, “All states except Maine and Nebraska have chosen electors on a “winner-take-all” basis since the 1880s.”
Why Don’t Democrats Fight Like Republicans?
When votes were tallied after the Nov. 8th General Election, Donald Trump won 306 compared to 232 for Hillary Clinton. Votes tallied for the popular vote since the election show Clinton beating Trump by almost three million votes nationwide.
The Democratic Party and its President, Barack Obama, have offered little push back on the election results, choosing instead to work with Team Trump to exact a peaceful and smooth transition from one administration to another. What little criticism they have made, whether it be the popular vote results or the apparently active interference Russia mustered that benefited Trump, has been met with cries of “sore loser.”
Those who want Democrats to act like Republicans, who fought tooth and nail in 2000 to file lawsuits and contest the election results between George W. Bush and Al Gore so much so that the U.S. Supreme Court got involved and handed the election to Bush when Gore won the popular vote, say Republicans wouldn’t be going quietly in the long dark night of the next four years had fortunes been reversed.
So instead of Democrats and their party leading the charge on claims that the wrong candidate was elected, other voices are taking the lead to urge the Electoral College to correct course before it’s too late, when Donald Trump is sworn-in on Jan. 20th.
The Letter To Electors Asking They Honor The Purpose Of The Electoral College
The following letter to Electors of the Electoral College is a project of Democracy and Progress PAC and the Electoral College Petition. It was published in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Austin American-Statesman, Salt Lake City Tribune1 and Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Wisconsin State Journal will publish the same letter a day later on December 15, 2016.
Here is the full text of the letter:
We, a bipartisan coalition of Americans including Electors, scholars, officials, and concerned citizens write to you in the spirit of fellowship, out of our sense of patriotism, and with great urgency.1
There are times in the life of a nation when extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. Now is a such time, and your courage and leadership are required.
Never in our Republic’s history has there been a President-apparent comparable to Donald Trump. His inauguration would present a grave and continual threat to the Constitution, to domestic tranquility, and to international stability:
- He has threatened the freedom of speech by condoning violence at public events, and suggesting criminal penalties and even revocation of citizenship to punish political expression;
- He has threatened the freedom of press by vowing to revoke First Amendment protections for journalists;
- He has threatened the freedom of religion by proposing to bar entry to the country and force the registration of members of certain faiths;
- He has entangled himself with foreign interests through his personal business dealings, and refused to provide records of his taxes, which could allay suspicions;
- He has indicated a willingness to condone torture, in contravention of the Constitution and our international treaties, which carry the force of law;
- He is uncomfortably close to the regime of Russia, which has interfered in the election;
- He has shown reckless disregard for diplomacy, communicating impulsively, in public forums, regarding matters of national security, and allowing personal emotions to interfere with reasoned judgment, calling into question his fitness as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the nuclear capabilities of the United States;
- He has, unlike every previous Commander-in-Chief, never served in any public position, whether elected or appointed, civilian or military, thereby bringing no experience or proven judgment on behalf of The People, or evidence of a character suited to high office.
For these reasons, his assumption of office endangers the Constitution, the freedoms it protects, and the continued prosperity and welfare of the United States.
You, Electors, possess the power to prevent this outcome. You are not bound to cast your vote for the candidate of your party – and, as he won neither a majority nor even a plurality of the popular vote, there can be no question of undermining the will of The People.
The Constitution empowers Electors to exercise judgment and choice. If your role were only ceremonial, our Founders would not have required the states to elect you, or that you cast ballots by your own hand. State laws notwithstanding, you are free to vote your conscience. You have a mandate, like all officials, to protect and defend the Constitution.3 And you have the right and responsibility to investigate those who stand for this office, and to deliberate before casting your vote.
We place country before party in imploring you, our fellow Americans, to investigate and deliberate. We stand with you as you exercise your conscience and give profound consideration to the consequences of your vote. We affirm your right and your duty to do so free from intimidation, and urge you to cast your ballot for a person with the temperament, integrity and commitment to Constitutional principles necessary in a President.
In doing so, know that you enjoy the support of millions of Americans. Thank you for your service to our country.