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US Presidential Election Series: Electors to vote today to pick next US President
538 electorates will gather at the state capital to vote to select the next President of the United States. According to the final vote counting, Republican Presidential candidate has won 306 electoral votes, while Hillary Clinton has secured 232 electoral votes. So, it is widely expected that the electorates would select Trump as the next President; however, Trump opponents have called on the electorates not to vote for him but pick somebody different, even if they are not voting for Hillary.
This ceremony is likely to gain more attention than any previous election as some of the democrats, Trump opponents within the Republican Party and political activists have called on the electorates to disregard the US election and there is a chance that Mr. Trump many not won the backing of all of his 306 electorates. The electors are nominated by the political parties in each state and in Washington, DC. Each presidential candidate has their own unique set of potential electors in each of the states. When Americans voted on November 8, they weren’t directly voting for the candidates whose names appeared on the ballot, but rather for an elector to go to the Electoral College on December 19 and vote for their candidate. There is also some suggestions that Hillary Clinton’s win of popular votes by 2.8 million might affect the outcome of the electoral college vote.
In recent days, many of the Trump electors have received threatening calls even death threats urging them to vote against Trump. Several Hollywood actors have released a video asking 37 electors to vote against Trump, saying that the constitution gives them the right to choose whomever they seem fit. Several Electoral College electors resigned to avoid casting their votes for Trump, and at least seven more Democrats in Colorado and Washington State who call themselves the Hamilton Electors will not vote for either Trump or Clinton and cast protest votes for a candidate not named.
Today would be Trump opponents’ final try to prevent Donald Trump from ever getting into the Oval office.