Electoral College Expected to Award 306 Votes to Trump
The Electoral College will meet next Monday to officially select President-elect Donald Trump as the 45th president. Despite the fact that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, collected nearly three million more votes, during the election, Trump won 306 electorates. It takes 270 votes in order to step into the oval office.
Electoral College is Not Bound to Follow the Will of the People
Not all participants in the Electoral College are bound to follow the will of the people they represent. If a voter wishes, s/he can place a Trump vote for Clinton; or a Clinton vote for Trump. This may happen in a few situations. Some electors say they have been besieged by phone calls and e-mails to change their vote. One electorate has actually resigned. Another said he will not vote as his state did. Three states also went to court to seek the authority to vote as they wish.
The Electoral College votes will be counted on Jan 6, 2017. This will take place during a joint session of Congress. That day will mark the official new president of the United States. Vice President Joe Biden will preside over the session. He will be the person to announce the final results.
Eighteen actors and artists urged Republican electors in a video that went viral to “go down in the books as an American hero and vote for anyone other than Trump.” Two of the participants were Martin Sheen and Debra Messing.
Officially, the next president of the U.S. will not be known, with 100 percent certainty, until Jan 6, 2017.