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Published: Sun, December 04, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

U.S. lawmaker introduces constitutional amendment to eliminate electoral college


"In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally", Trump tweeted.

The signatories - who total 4.6 million people - call on the Electoral College to stop Donald Trump from being President, which is a theoretically possible but never-before-attempted way of altering the result of the USA election. "However, in 14 of the states in Trump's column, they can vote for Hillary Clinton without any legal penalty if they choose". The petition called on 149 electors to ignore their states' votes and instead cast ballots for Clinton on December 19. At the same time, Clinton has won the popular vote by more than 2.5 million votes so far, and recounts are underway across three USA states.

While to some the petition may seem like a desperate effort, some elector's themselves are balking at the thought of having to cast their vote for Trump. "The Electoral College is an antiquated system that was established to prevent citizens from directly electing our nation's President, yet that notion is antithetical to our understanding of democracy".

"Mr Trump is unfit to serve". "His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic".

Indeed, just one Republican elector has said publicly that he won't vote for Trump - and he resigned from his position after doing so, thus rendering his moral stance irrelevant.

The Electoral College system requires that representatives of each state cast ballots to decide who will actually become the new President - those members of the college are supposed to vote for whoever won their state, but could theoretically change their mind.

The Green Party's Jill Stein has initiated vote recounts in three massively important states to Trump: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Clinton's loss is the fifth time in USA history a candidate who won the popular vote did not assume the presidency.

While so-called "faithless electors" have been known to veer from their state's choice in the past, it has never affected the final result of any presidential election.

At least seven people who have branded themselves as "Hamilton Electors" have pledged to block Trump from becoming president.

Two-thirds of both the House and Senate would have to approve the amendment, and then three-fourths of the states would have to vote to adopt it.

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