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According to Politico When Alexander Hamilton sketched his design of the Electoral College, he envisioned a free-flowing debate in which electors followed the dictates of their own conscience, rather than the will of the voters who chose them — a debate not so different than the one waged by anti-Donald Trump electors to block his election as president.
Those rogue electors aren’t likely to succeed in preventing Trump’s election Monday, but they could succeed at something even more significant: sowing enough distrust of the Electoral College to set in motion a movement to do away with it, to be replaced by popular election of the president.
“It just shows how fragile our democracy is that this is what we’re relying on to carry out people’s wishes,” said Justin Nelson, a constitutional lawyer and founder of One Nation, One Vote, a group advocating for policies to sidestep the Electoral College and choose the president by popular vote.
“This is a real warning sign for our democracy,” he said.
A group of so-called “Hamilton Electors” — nine Democrats and one Republican who borrowed his name in a nod toward his call for deliberation — has been working to convince at least 36 other Republicans to ditch Trump, just enough to block his immediate election and send the contest to the House of Representatives. To accomplish that, the Democrats involved have signaled they might reject their own statewide popular vote winner, Hillary Clinton, in favor of a consensus GOP alternative to Trump.
Even if they convince no new electors to join them, their efforts would represent an unprecedented defection, effectively nullifying the votes of millions of people in those states.
That fact alone could spark demands for change, say some opponents of the Electoral College.
“There’s an element in the Electoral College which nobody could possibly justify these days — and that is the discretion of electors,” said George Edwards III, a Constitutional expert at Texas A&M University.
“The irony is that electors exercising discretion is exactly what the Constitution and the framers envisioned,” he said. “But it raises some really serious questions about the modern notion of democracy.”
The anti-Trump effort has spawned a tidal wave of calls, emails, ads and even threats, subjecting electors on both sides to an unprecedented barrage of attention. The central argument of Trump foes is that Hamilton and the other Founding Fathers intended the Electoral College to be deliberative and to prevent the ascension of an unqualified president — or one who was under the thumb of foreign powers.
Advocates of the effort argue that Trump fails both of those tests, and if electors won’t stop him, the system should be overhauled.
“If Monday’s results show the Electoral College has failed to meet the purpose Alexander Hamilton envisioned in Federalist Paper #68, then it should be reformed in one of two directions,” said Charlottesville, Virginia, Mayor Michael Signer, a constitutional expert and supporter of the anti-Trump cause. “Either it should just automatically mirror the popular vote. Or electors should be chosen who would truly check a demagogue and foreign interference in our government.
“Either way, we will need change,” he said.
So far, Chris Suprun of Texas is the only Republican elector publicly poised to ditch Trump. Two other GOP electors — Georgia’s Baoky Vu and Texas’ Art Sisneros — have signaled their discomfort with him, but they’ve long said they planned to resign rather than show up to vote against Trump when the electors gather in their states.
The anti-Trump movement has already generated the first-ever federal court decision to hint that electors may be the free agents Hamilton described, rather than rubber stamps they’ve become over time. That’s an unnerving prospect for Democratic and Republican party leaders who are reluctant to cede control over a vote of such consequence.
And it’s a threat to the 29 state laws across the country that force electors to support the winner of their statewide popular vote. Many of those laws are decades old, but they’ve never been enforced or tested in court until now.
That, rather than the ouster of Trump, may be the enduring legacy of the anti-Trump campaign.
“Even one faithless elector is one too many,” said Nelson. “What we don’t want to happen is for this to become a routine where a candidate wins on Election Day and the electors are subject to massive lobbying to get them to change their positions.”
Some Republicans see a larger Democratic strategy at work: to eliminate the Electoral College system altogether because it is poised to hand the presidency to the GOP for the second time in 16 years, despite Democratic wins in the national popular vote.
“This latest attempt by [Democrats] on electors is proof they are playing a longer term game of ending the Electoral College,” said one national GOP official involved in tracking electoral votes to ensure loyalty to Trump.