The presidential election of 2016 is over, but that does not mean the election has been finalized. There are still two more things which must occur before Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. The first is the electoral college must cast their official votes for who they want to be president, and then Trump must take the oath of office in front of the nation which will be administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts. Presently there is a massive campaign to attempt to flip the voters of the electoral college who are supposed to vote for Trump, to instead vote for Hillary Clinton. Doing so is perfectly legal in many states, although some do outlaw the concept. One of Clinton’s electors in Colorado, Robert Nemanich, has written an essay where he outlines why he believes the electoral college votes are still in play and that Clinton could still become the 45th president.
This assertion is based on the above observations where each Elector I talked to is interested in participating in some form of action. This includes the majority being Hillary supporters and party regulars. The reporters and political persons all tell me they are hearing similar, consistent, sentiments across this country. The fact that this election cycle has consistently been unprecedented, and unpredictable, and as those who know math, and mathematical trends, know that trends continue until the something stops that trend line. So why would this election cycle stop being weird until it is constitutionally over? There is no reason, and why the framers put in the Electoral College in the constitution in the first place.
He goes on to outline how individual states prevent electors from voting for their conscience rather than being forced to follow along party lines:
There’s no federal law requiring electors to vote for the party that nominated them, but 29 states and Washington, D.C., have laws that attempt to force presidential electors to vote with the will of their state’s voters, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Some states impose fines. Others, like Colorado, don’t allow for so-called “faithless electors.” If an elector does not cast a vote for the right candidate, they are removed and replaced with a new elector, according to the Colorado secretary of state’s office.
Robert Nemanich, while adament about flipping the vote to Clinton, does not believe it will happen:
The most highly likely plausible outcome: Trump sustains a majority of Republican Electors even though there are a handful of defections he is elected President by the Electoral College, this result is immaterial of any faithless activity made by Democratic Electors. We make noise and begin to unravel the Electoral College but little or nothing is done.
The mental gymnastics of what should, could, or would transpire under the exact correct circumstances can be amusing, but the reality is Donald Trump is going to be the president in the next several weeks and nothing is going to change that fact.