Texas electors to vote Monday at Capitol

Monday, members of the Texas Electoral College will head to the Capitol to cast their vote for President of the United States.

President-Elect Donald Trump won the popular vote in the lone star state and electors are expected to sign their names for him, but a couple have already said they don't intend to do that.

Anti-Trump protesters will spend Monday at the Texas Capitol pleading for electors to hear their message.

“Trump is not an acceptable president and we will take anybody but him,” said protest organizer Erin Zwiener.

Two electors in Texas have already said they do not intend to vote for Trump, but it would take more than 30 electors across the nation to overturn the results of the election.

“We really are just here because our electors, they have a constitutional right and duty to vote as individuals, and we really want to support them in voting their conscious and putting partisan politics aside and refusing to vote for Trump,” said Zwiener. 

“If they don't want to vote for Trump, what will happen is on Monday the state will certify that Donald Trump won the popular vote, they'll call the electors from Texas forward and then those people will write in the candidate that they want to become president,” said St. Edwards University Political Science Professor Dr. Brian Smith. 

Smith said that's very unlikely.

“A lot of republican electors would have to vote against their best interests, meaning their future political interests their interests may be of their family things like this, and it's not going to happen,” Smith said. 

If it were to happen, the decision would then be placed into the hands of the House of Representatives. That happened only once in our nation's history during a four way race with no electoral majority in 1824. The House decided on president John Quincy Adams.
Having electors that vote differently than the state's popular vote is nothing new for the Electoral College.

“So faithless electors, they're as old as the electoral college itself, but in this election, because there is so much scrutiny, because we had a candidate win the electoral college vote and not the popular vote, that's why we're hearing so much about it,” said Smith.

Anti-trump protesters said they will be at the Capitol Monday beginning at 10 am. 1,000 people have RSVP’d for that event.

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