Over 2.2 million people have signed a petition urging the electoral college to ignore the actual result of the 2016 presidential election and certify Hillary Clinton as president instead.
“Secretary Clinton WON THE POPULAR VOTE and should be President,” the Change.org petition reads. “Hillary won the popular vote. The only reason Trump ‘won’ is because of the Electoral College.”
The petition got a boost when it was shared by a wide variety of celebrities on Twitter, most notably Lady Gaga.
If you feel scared about the current state of American politics and Whitehouse sign this petition: https://t.co/2K88hLD8hn
— #CountryOfKindness (@ladygaga) November 10, 2016
It actually is possible for some electors to ignore the will of their state and cast their vote for someone other than the candidate they’re pledged to. In practice, this rarely happens; the last “faithless elector” was a D.C. elector who cast no votes in 2000 to protest the district’s lack of congressional representation. The last elector to vote for a different person entirely was in 1976, when a Washington elector wrote in Ronald Reagan.
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