Politics

Most Americans Want the Electoral College Vote Delayed for This Reason

December 18th 2016

By:
Willie Burnley Jr.

The Electoral College is set to meet on Monday in state capitals to vote for the next president of the United States.

But a new poll reveals that a majority of Americans want to delay the vote to allow electors to be briefed on allegations that Russian hackers influenced the election.

About 52 percent of voters felt that way, according to the poll conducted by YouGov. And 46 percent wanted electors to be able to choose a candidate who did not win the popular vote in their state's election.

These results come amid growing concern — and consensus among the intelligence community — that Russia played a role in the U.S. election to help Donald Trump's chances and to defeat Hillary Clinton.

President-elect Trump, for his part, has called the claim that his election victory was aided by the Russian government "ridiculous" and "just another excuse."

Trump has long claimed that he won in a "massive landslide victory," even though the results show that Clinton won more than 2 million more votes than he did.

Astoundingly, he seems to have persuaded his supporters of this false narrative.

About 52 percent of Republicans falsely believe that Trump won the popular vote.

This major misunderstanding presents a problem for both the self-styled "Hamilton electors" — who hope to pressure their Republican colleagues to cast their votes for someone other than Trump – and for democracy itself, which, in theory, depends on the electorates' knowledge of and reliance on facts.

There are no signs that the Electoral College vote scheduled for Dec. 19 will be delayed or that the Hamilton electors will be able to flip the 37 Republicans required to deny Trump an electoral victory.

In all likelihood, by Dec. 20, Trump will be officially elected as the next president of the United States.