For die-hard democrats and much of the world, there is a slim chance of hope that a Trump presidency may not even happen.. a long shot to latch onto but a surprise twist in the Electoral College.
Although Hillary won the popular vote by 200,00, Trump has won the minimum of 270 electoral votes necessary to be elected president.
As of late Wednesday, America and the world held their breath as the realisation of Trump being President etched closer and closer with Trump’s 290 votes to Hillary’s 228.
According to the Constitution, chosen electors of the Electoral College are the real people who will vote for president, when they meet on December 19th in their respective state capitals.
However, there is technically nothing stopping any of the electors from voting their conscience and refusing to support the candidate to whom they were bound, or from abstaining from voting altogether.
There’s even a name for it: becoming a “faithless elector.”
The idea of electors reversing their vote is rarely discussed — and was most recently bandied about after the incredibly close 2000 election in which George Bush narrowly beat Al Gore. And electors going “faithless” is exceedingly rare.
Well over 99 percent of electors throughout American history have voted as pledged, according to an analysis done by the New York Times.
It does happen, though.
And as of today, 3.54 million people have signed a change.org petition urging Republican electors to go rogue and vote for Clinton instead.
However, The last faithless elector reared his roguish head back in 2004, when a lone anonymous voter in Minnesota declined to vote for Democrat John Kerry and instead voted for Kerry’s running mate, John Edwards.
The rogue’s vote was purely ceremonial, as Bush already had 286 electoral votes, more than enough to ensure his re-election.
Faithless electors are technically barred in only 29 states from ignoring the will of the voters, though the penalties are light. And a faithless elector has never swung an election.
But given the high dissatisfaction with Trump among Republicans, a few faithless GOP electors could well go rogue next month.