Pro-Trump electors receiving death threats

In 22 states, electors can go rogue

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(CNN) – On Monday, the Electoral College will come together to vote for president. For some, the vote is the final opportunity to prevent Donald Trump from being inaugurated.

Those anti-Trump activists are doing whatever they can to encourage GOP electors to change their vote, but some of them may be going too far.

Death threats fill Michigan elector Michael Banerian’s social media accounts. His mailbox, packed with demands coming from around the country.

2,000 just this week, he said, “All calling on him not to vote for Donald Trump, which is something Banerian, along with Michigan’s 15 other electors, pledged to do, regardless of the pressures.”

Banerian said, “I’ve had death wishes, people just saying ‘I hope you die. Do society a favor, throw yourself in front of a bus.’ And just recently, I was reading a blog about me, and unfortunately these people not only called for the burning of myself, but my family, which is completely out of line.”

Banerian has no choice. Michigan state law keeps him from changing his vote.

Electors in 27 other states and the District of Columbia also have what are known as “faithless elector” laws.

In 22 states, electors can go rogue.

Anti-Trump groups are not letting up, posting the names and addresses of 283 electors on the internet, and encouraging people across the country to write the electors asking they vote against Trump.

The group ‘Hamilton Electors’ is leading the charge to block Trump from 270 electoral votes. They say at least 20 electors are on board, but they need 37 for the election to go to the House of Representatives.

Hollywood stars are pushing for an alternate ending as well, releasing a video in which Richard Schiff said, “By voting your conscience, you and other brave Republican electors can give the House of Representatives the option to select a qualified candidate.”

But that’s never happened before, and Banerian said his vote won’t help this year be the first.

Banerian noted, “It’s upper hypocrisy, because I don’t think if the roles were reversed, most of these people would be okay with electors being faithless and voting for anyone other than Hillary Clinton, had she won.”

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