East Texan in Electoral College says switching of votes not likely

Updated: Nov. 14, 2016 at 6:34 PM CST
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( Source: KLTV News Staff)
( Source: KLTV News Staff)

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Next month, state electors will make the results of last week's presidential election official.

President-Elect Donald trump won the Electoral College, but not the popular vote. Because of that, there have been calls on social media and the internet for electors to change their mind, become faithless electors, and vote against the candidate they pledged to vote for.  An East Texas elector tells us that switch, is just not that easy.

The State of Texas has 38 electors, including Marty Rhymes, Vice Chair of the Republican Party of Gregg County.

"I think that's terrible," says Rhymes when asked about people wanting electors to switch their vote.

"I know there was a good reason and there still is a good reason that we have electors," says Rhymes.

This is Rhymes' first time as an elector.

"I appreciate everyone feeling like that they can, that I would be good representative for them," says Rhymes.

She was voted in this year at the Texas Republican State Convention, after being nominated by delegates from Texas's 1st Congressional District.

"And I read a little bit about why the electoral college is better than popular votes, because it doesn't get influenced by popular groups," says Rhymes.

She says she won't be influenced by public calls for electors to switch their vote and elect Hillary Clinton.

"I certainly wouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton, and I wouldn't vote for anyone else," says Rhymes.

Rhymes is not alone, LeTourneau professor Dr. John Barrett says historically, it just doesn't happen and wouldn't happen in this election.

"Very difficult, to get the electors to change their opinion, especially with Trump's margin where he's got a healthy number in the Electoral College," says Barrett.

According to the National Congress of State Legislators, the last time an elector crossed party lines was 1972.

"It's not uncommon to get one person here or there that votes a little differently for one reason or another kind of as a symbolic measure," says Rhymes.

Texas is one of the 21 states where you can switch without penalty, but ultimately, rhymes doesn't think Texas will make that switch.

"I haven't heard of anybody planning to do that. We pledge to the people that elect us that we will cast our vote according to the results," says Rhymes.

All of the electors in the United States will vote on the President and Vice President at their state capitals December 19th.

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