Maine Democratic elector David Bright has cast his vote for President and it’s not for this party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton. Bright announced this morning in a statement that he chose to cast his vote for Bernie Sanders who many feel was ripped off during the process when Wikileaks exposed that the party was trying to undercut the Vermont Senator and get Clinton elected instead.
I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders not out of spite, or malice, or anger, or as an act of civil disobedience. I mean no disrespect to our nominee. I cast my vote to represent thousands of Democratic Maine voters ― many less than a third my age ― who came into Maine politics for the first time this year because of Bernie Sanders.”
Most states require the electors to vote the will of the people. Maine is not one of those states. It’s possible that Bright could be fined but it’s never happened before.
Today there was worry among Republicans that electors might switch their vote from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton. For several weeks democrats have been writing letters, sending letters and making phone calls to members of the electoral college to try to persuade them to change their vote.
Clinton supporters believe that Russian hackers sent by Putin worked with Trump’s campaign to dish the dirt on the Democrats and their party by hacking into the DNC and Clinton’s campaign manager’s emails and leaked it to Wikileaks, who then posted it online. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has denied receiving the information from Russia but that hasn’t stopped the CIA and FBI along with the mainstream media preaching it as fact.
Chris Suprun, a Republican elector from Texas will not be voting for Trump. Instead he will cast his ballot for John Kasich, the Governor of Ohio.
A Presidential candidate has to reach 270 voted in the electoral college. With 538 members it takes a majority to win the Presidency. Trump won 306 votes compared to Clinton’s 232.
If both candidates lose a vote to rogue electors that puts it at 305 to 231 and Trump still gets the Presidency.
On January 6 Vice President Joe Biden will count the electoral votes before a joint session of the new Congress. Then the results will be official and the winner will be sworn in on January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.