South Carolina’s nine presidential electors are being asked by some individuals to switch their vote to Hilary Clinton, even though state law requires them to cast their Electoral College vote for Donald Trump when they do vote next month.
According to the Associated Press, South Carolina electors are being inundated with requests that they switch their vote to Clinton, even though Trump easily won the state by a double-digit percentage point margin.
State GOP Chairman Matt Moore is one of two statewide electors. He told the AP that he’s received a thousand emails from people begging him not to cast his electoral vote for the president-elect.
The pressure comes as official vote tallies show Clinton extending her advantage over Trump in the overall popular vote, which is on pace to be more than 2 million-vote difference. Electors who are committed to Trump say they are not going to switch their votes.
South Carolina is one of 29 states where law or political party rules require electors to vote for the candidate who won the state. Faithless electors can face criminal penalties.
It takes 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. Election Night vote totals give Trump 306 votes to Clinton’s 232, although Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania could be subject to a recount if a candidate were to choose that option.