Electoral College to cast votes today, Michigan electors receive death threats
Election Day Round Two. The 538 members will meet at state capitals across the country today including Lansing to cast their ballots for president. The magic number is 270. Republican Donald Trump has 306 to Democrat Hillary Clinton's 232. However, Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.5 million votes.
Michigan has 16 electoral votes. Some have embarked on an campaign to urge electors not to vote for Trump today. Since the election Republican electors from Michigan say they have received thousands of letters and emails from everywhere, with people urging them not to vote for Donald Trump today. One elector from Bloomfield Hills, Michael Banerian, says he has even received death threats. Banerian says, "I've had death wishes, people just saying "I hope you die." Do society a favor, throw yourself in front of a bus. And just recently I was reading a blog about me - and unfortunately these people not only called for the burning of myself but my family. Which is completely out of line."
There has been an intense push for electors not to vote for Trump. One Republican elector from Texas has already vowed publicly that he would not vote for Trump, even though Trump won the state of Texas. A group of 80 electors including Democrats and one Republican sent a letter to the National Intelligence Director asking for more information on what role Russia played in the election. Some have also even called for today's vote to be delayed until electors can be briefed on Russia and election-related hacks. But the Intelligence community has said it will not discuss the Russian hacks until a review ordered by President Barack Obama is finished in January.
Donald Trump lashed out on twitter Sunday. The president-elect said: "If my many supporters acted and threatened people like those who lost the election are doing, they would be scorned & called terrible names!"
The state's electors will cast their votes at 2 p.m. in the Senate Chambers at the state capitol. Michigan requires its members convening in Lansing to vote according to the results of the Michigan’s presidential election. Trump narrowly defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in Michigan. Unlike some other states where electors are “unbound,” those in Michigan are bound by law to vote for the state winner. If a Michigan elector doesn’t vote for that person, they are deemed to have resigned and are replaced.
Protests are scheduled nationwide today including at the state capitol in Lansing. Activists will meet up outside the Capitol with demonstrators urging Michigan electors to "vote their conscience". The rally is set for noon.
"I've had death wishes, people just saying "I hope you die." Do society a favor, throw yourself in front of a bus. And just recently I was reading a blog about me - and unfortunately these people not only called for the burning of myself but my family. Which is completely out of line."