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Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump is not over yet

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Do Hillary Clinton supporters ever give up? Apparently not. Wednesday, a petition was created on change.org urging the Electoral College to vote for Clinton as opposed to Trump.

The petition has set a 4.5 million signature goal. By, Friday, it already had 1.3 million of them.

The petition calls for “On Dec. 19, the electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots. If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win, however, they can vote for Hillary Clinton if they choose. Even in states where that is not allowed, their vote would still be counted, they would simply pay a small fine, which we can be sure Clinton supporters will be glad to pay!”

According to the framers of the petition, “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.”

Further, according to them “There is no reason Trump should be president,” it adds “She won the popular vote.” According to latest polls, Clinton steered through with 400,000 more votes than Donald Trump if estimates from CBS News, NBC News and CNN are to go by.

However, the fightback from the people has a major hurdle in front of it, the methodology of the way the Electoral College works. The electors actually vote for the people of the Electoral College when they go out to vote on the day of the election. The number of electors of all states depends on its population. In this system, Trump is supposed to receive 290 votes while Hillary Clinton manages to bag only 228.

Of course, there are cases of electors going the other way and there are precedents. A term has been given to it even: “Faithless elector.” But it is a rarity and arguably the authorities would like to keep things that way.

The Independent notes that Trump himself is a disbeliever of the present system through his arguments in 2012 that it was undemocratic and needs to be changed.

The Electoral College finally decides the American President on the second Wednesday of December, 19th of December. If the signs are anything to go by, the drama has just started.

Picture Courtesy: Marc Nozell/ Flickr

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