Over 4.6 million signatories have signed a Change.org petition urging the electors who will actually cast Electoral College votes to select Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump.
“On December 19, the Electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots. If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win. However, in 14 of the states in Trump’s column, they can vote for Hillary Clinton without any legal penalty if they choose,” the petition, authored by Daniel Brezenoff, says.
“We are calling on the 149 Electors in those states to ignore their states’ votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton.”
“Mr. Trump is unfit to serve,” the petition continues. “His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic.”
Brezenoff reminds petition viewers in three separate paragraphs — TWICE IN ALL CAPS — that Clinton won the popular vote.
“The only reason Trump ‘won’ is because of the Electoral College,” the petition states.
Electors “can vote however they want and there is no legal means to stop them in most states.”
As of early Wednesday morning, the petition has 4,669,970 signatures.
A helpful Electoral College primer published recently by the Los Angeles Times observes that, since 1789, 99 percent of the presidential electors in American history have voted as they promised they would.
The Electoral College is composed of 538 electors. That number is equal to all of America’s House and Senate lawmakers plus three electors representing Washington, D.C. A simple majority of 270 is required to win.
Electoral College votes are based on state representation, which is indirectly related to actual population.
Electors cast their votes in state capitals on Dec. 19.
The 2016 presidential election marks the fifth time the winner of the popular vote has lost the Electoral College vote. Previous instances occurred in 2000 (Al Gore), 1888 (Grover Cleveland), Samuel Tilden (1876) and Andrew Jackson (1824).
Brezenoff, the creator of the Change.org petition, is a clinical social worker, activist and professor, according to his Facebook page.
Brezenoff’s Facebook likes include Black Lives Matter, The Other 98%, Occupy Democrats and, of course, Condé Nast Traveler.