BOSTON (State House News Service) – With the Bay State’s 11 presidential electors set to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton later in the day, dozens of protesters gathered outside the State House on Monday morning in hopes of sending a message to electors from other states.
Ralliers carried signs with messages like “Dump Trump” and “Love Trumps Hate,” and said they were calling on electors to keep President-elect Donald Trump out of the White House. Similar protests were scheduled throughout the country as Electoral College votes take place Monday.
“We think we should speak to our electors around the country today and let them know that we’re watching, and we’re very concerned about the vote they’re about to cast,” Sean Recroft, a Gloucester resident, said. “It’s one country. We’re not just Massachusetts voters, we’re United States voters, and Hillary Clinton won this election by nearly 3 million more votes.”
Trump, the Republican president-elect, secured more electoral votes than Democratic candidate Clinton, who won the popular vote.
Clinton took nearly 61 percent of the vote in Massachusetts, with Trump netting nearly 34 percent. In Massachusetts as in most states, all electoral votes are awarded to the winning candidate in that state. Nebraska and Maine allocate their votes proportionally.
The Massachusetts electors are scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. in the House chamber.
Holding up a neon-colored peace sign on the State House steps, Steven Warren of Sterling said from the Electoral College was “not created to further party politics” and was designed to keep demagogues from coming to power.
Warren said he is a descendant of Revolutionary War Gen. Joseph Warren and he believes Trump is “desecrating the memory of the patriots who fought for this country.”
“They intended this country to be safe and stick very carefully to the wording in the Constitution,” he said.