The story of this election has been the divided country we live in. Just because the election has been decided that doesn’t mean that the election story is over. Oh no. The United States uses something called the Electoral College, which basically means that every state is worth a certain number of electoral college votes. If you win that state, in most cases, you win that state’s electoral votes. Donald Trump has been awarded the electoral college victory after a day of interesting voting.
The idea of a faithless elector–that is, an elector who votes against the will of the state they represent–has been a big talking point. Campaigns have been launched to try and convince electors to vote with their conscience, in defiance of state laws and at risk of fines and jail time in some cases. It worked, in some cases… but weirdly enough, Hillary Clinton lost more votes than Donald Trump.
Of the attempted faithless electors, nine attempted to change their votes. Three tried to vote for Bernie Sanders but couldn’t due to state laws, three from Washington state voted for Colin Powell, one Washington state elector voted for Faith Spotted Eagle (a Dakota pipeline protest leader), one Texan voted for Ron Paul, and one Texan voted for John Kasich. One Texan resigned rather than vote for Trump.
Either way, it’s just about over. After the Electoral College results are ratified by Congress on January 6, Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States.
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