Filmmaker, author and liberal activist Michael Moore wrote a letter on Sunday making an offer to Electoral College Republicans: Moore claims he will pay the incurred fine imposed on an elector if they don’t vote for their intended candidate Monday. In this case, Republican electors rejecting to vote Donald Trump.
On Facebook, Moore writes the “go rogue” anthem in an address to Republican electors:
“Some states have made it ‘illegal’ for you to vote any other way than for Trump. If you don’t vote for him, your state will fine you … So here’s my offer to you: I obviously can’t and won’t give you money to vote tomorrow, but if you do vote your conscience and you are punished for it, I will personally step up pay your fine which is my legal right to do.”
“I am writing you not as a card-carrying Democrat (I’m not) who voted for Hillary (I did), but simply because I am an American who, like you, deeply loves this country and its people … I am not going to ask you to vote for the person who got the most votes (although I will not be upset should you chose to side with the majority of your fellow Americans and do so!). No, I’m simply asking you to vote your conscience and PLEASE do not put our nation in danger by choosing Donald J. Trump.”
As of now, all Republican electors are still expected to vote Trump, far surpassing the magical number of 370 votes needed to become president. And according to the National Conference of State Legislatures website, the penalties are clear and defined for electors who choose to go rogue:
“Some states have passed laws that require their electors to vote as pledged. These laws may either impose a fine on an elector who fails to vote according to the statewide or district popular vote, or may disqualify an elector who violates his or her pledge and provide a replacement elector… No elector has ever been penalized or replaced — nor have these laws been fully vetted by the courts.”
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