(WWLP) – Monday is a big day for President-elect Donald Trump.
Members of the Electoral College will gather at state capitols across the country Monday to formally vote for the 45th president of the United States.
This method of electing the president and vice president is mandated under the U.S. Constitution and usually goes exactly as planned– electors from each state vote according to the state’s popular vote. This year, however, could be different.
There are 538 electors in total, 270 of which a candidate must secure a vote from to win presidency. Their votes are supposed to represent how their state voted in November, but they don’t necessarily have to vote that way.
Electors can technically “go faithless” and vote for a different candidate. That’s exactly what at least one Republican elector said he plans to do. His controversial move follows accusations that Russia influenced the election. Trump has denied that claim.
Regardless, many political experts predict that even if a few electors go faithless, Trump will still get the 270 votes needed to win.
No faithless elector has been prosecuted for voting another way. In fact, there is no federal law that prohibits it. Some states, however, do have laws against it.
Electors in Massachusetts will be meeting at the statehouse Monday and are expected to vote for Hillary Clinton, who won the state in the November 8 election.