As electors are getting ready to choose the next president, a majority of American voters are asking for a delay the Electoral College vote scheduled for Monday until electors can be fully briefed on Russian interference in the election, according to a new poll conducted by YouGov.
The survey, sponsored by the progressive advocacy group Avaaz, found 52 percent of people supportive of stalling the vote, The Huffington Post reported.
The poll shows a surprisingly high number of people ― 46 percent ― supporting the so-called “faithless electors,” the name given to members of the Electoral College who spurn the vote of their home state and vote for a different candidate instead.
President-elect Donald Trump’s opponents have been pressuring electors to break with their state’s voters, and a law firm has even offered pro bono, confidential legal advice to any elector curious about his or her options. Avaaz has collected thousands of signatures on a petition calling for the vote to be delayed.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is on pace to beat Donald Trump in the popular vote by some 3 million. Trump, however, won a fairly wide Electoral College victory on Election Day. But In a sign of how divided the country is, more than 1 in 4 Republicans believe that Trump, in fact, won the popular vote. That belief stems from a false claim Trump himself made on Twitter, when he said that he “would have won the popular vote had millions of people not voted illegally.”
Some states mandate that electors vote the way their state instructs, but the 10th Circuit Court ruled late on Friday that electors who vote their conscience rather than their state’s preference cannot be removed as electors. The court covers the region of Colorado, Oklahoma, Kansas, Utah and Wyoming.
H/T: The Huffington Post