Electors gathered in state capitals across the country Monday to formalise the results of the presidential elections, in the usually routine process of denying high drama in the midst of a fervent – and probably doomed to failure – push of anti-Donald Trump forces, him the victory he claimed on Nov. 8.
Several delegations have already cast their votes.
With victories in Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia, Trump has now won 44 electoral votes of the 270 he needs to formally, the presidency is won. The Democrat, Hillary Clinton, Vermont has won its three electoral College.
Republican voters were under immense pressure, though, with some even threats, in advance of Monday’s Electoral College vote. Protests were underway in the country’s main cities in a final push to trump voters, to change their opinion.
Despite the efforts to take into account the in the last few days, even public calls of anti-trump-stars and a couple of scarce Republican voters expected to vote for someone else. Only a Republican elector – Texas’ Chris Suprun – publicly stated that he would vote for an alternative candidate. Two other promised to resign and let the voters would back Trump to take your place.
Reince Priebus, the chief of staff of the White house, in the incoming Trump administration, expressed confidence on the procedure, on “Fox News Sunday.”
“We expect everything said to fall in line” Priebus.
In most presidential election years, the Electoral College vote, in essence, a post would-election formality. But the intensity of the anti-Trump of the opposition, combined with the fact that Clinton won the popular vote, with about 2.6 million more votes that fueled the last-ditch efforts again Trump overturning ‘ s victory in the Electoral College.
Trump needs 270 electoral votes on Monday. His state victories set him up to get in line, 306 of 538.
From here, a joint session of Congress is scheduled for Jan. 6 to certify the results of the Electoral College vote with Vice President Joe Biden presided as President of the Senate. As soon as the result is certified, the winner is likely to Trump — will be sworn in on Jan. 20.
The Republican voters say they have been inundated with E-Mails, phone calls and letters urging them to not support trump. Many of the E-Mails are part of coordinated campaigns.
“The letters are very sad,” said Lee Green, a Republican elector from North Carolina. “Are you freaked out in the rule. Do you really believe the propaganda. Do you believe that our nation is taken over by a dark and malevolent force.”
A. Wirt Yerger Jr., a Republican elector in Mississippi, said, “I have several thousand emails asking me to not vote for Trump. I threw them all away.”
Arizona elector Donald Graham told Fox News on Saturday, the 11 voters, hundreds of thousands of E-Mails do not tell the right to vote for trump is, and that he received information that some of the other 10 was followed, or have received a death threat.
“It is out of hand, if you are such a … a small group of people push so hard against the millions, if not hundreds, of millions of people who still appreciate this entire system,” said Graham, chairman of the Arizona Republican party. “The Electoral College is part of the Constitution.”
If nothing else, has served the excitement about Monday’s procedure, newly familiar to the Americans, a process that some attention to all four years.
The Electoral College was developed at the constitutional Convention in 1787. It is a compromise between those who wanted popular elections for President and those who wanted no public input.
The Electoral College has 538 members, with the number of each state is assigned on the basis of how many representatives it has in the house plus one for each senator. The district of Columbia has three, despite the fact that the house of the Congress has no voice in Congress.
To be elected, the President, the winner must have a minimum of votes, half plus one, or 270 votes. Most States give all their electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the state’s popular vote. Maine and Nebraska award to them by constituency.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.