Harvard University constitutional law professor and failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Larry Lessig claims that 20 Republican members of the Electoral College are considering pitting their votes against Donald Trump. “Electors Trust,” Lessig’s anti-Trump group, is acting as a pro bono legal counsel to Republican presidential electors considering ditching Trump.
“Obviously, whether an elector ultimately votes his or her conscience will depend in part upon whether there are enough doing the same. We now believe there are more than half the number needed to change the result seriously considering making that vote,” Lessig said.
Despite Lessig’s claims, the Republican National Committee have been conducting a “whip operation” to ensure the electors keep to their votes. So far, only one elector has publicly defied voting for Trump — Chris Suprun of Texas. Lessig’s claims of twenty electors switching their votes have no backing evidence, nor have any of these supposed electors been identified. Still, Lessig claims there have been talks behind closed doors.
538 members of the Electoral College will gather in their state capitals on Dec. 19 to cast their official vote for president. The electorate is composed of 306 Republicans and 232 Democrats, and if all Republican electors vote Trump, the President-elect will easily clear the 270-vote threshold again to assume office January 20.
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