Report: NY Hillary Electors May Skip Casting Ballots

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Kerry Picket Political Reporter
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Electors in Hillary Clinton’s home state may not show up to cast their ballot for her on Monday.

Clinton won New York state overwhelmingly with 59 percent of the popular vote to Trump’s 37 percent on Nov. 8.

While anti-Donald Trump forces organize to find faithless electors to vote for someone other than Trump, The Albany Times Union contacted 29 Hillary electors or their representatives, and 17 replied that they will show up to cast their ballot, but nine others either did not respond or left their RSVPs open-ended.

One elector, Melissa Sklarz, did tell the Times Union she would be there.

“I’ve been selected to do a job, and I’m going to do that,” she said in part.

The electors include elected officials from both sides of the aisle, labor leaders and political activists, including former President Bill Clinton, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom Dinapoli.

New York has 29 electors and is tied with Florida for the third-highest total number in the country. Only California with 55 and Texas with 38 have more. The Electoral College has a total of 538 members who will all meet in their respective state capitols on Dec. 19 to cast their ballots for president and vice president.

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