The Electoral College’s 2016 vote is on Monday, and those looking for live results and a schedule of the state-by-state voting times can find all the information right here.
The vote of the 538 members of the Electoral College is the final step in picking America’s next president, a normally procedural step that has adopted a new level of drama this year as a movement has grown to convince these electors to stop Donald Trump from becoming president. While each elector — a real person living in the states they represent — are traditionally supposed to vote according to the results of their states, they have the ability to change their vote to anyone they wish.
On Monday, every state’s winning slate of electors will appear in person at their state capitol to vote for president and vice president, CBS News noted. A full schedule of when the Electoral College will be voting can be found here. The voting starts at 10 a.m. ET with the states of Indiana, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Tennessee, and West Virginia. The final vote will be in Hawaii at 7 p.m. ET.
Those who want to follow live results of the 2016 Electoral College vote can find streaming video coverage at CSPAN. As CBS News reported, those following live results of the Electoral College vote are expected to see Donald Trump officially pass the threshold around 3 p.m. ET.
This year’s vote has been filled with drama. There has been a large push for Donald Trump’s electors to change their vote and prevent the Republican from becoming president. Citing his unresolved business conflicts and foreign affairs blunders — including an already growing spat with China — these people have called on Trump’s electors to pick a “protest” candidate like Mitt Romney or John Kasich. If they can convince enough faithless electors to keep Trump under 270 electoral votes, it would send the decision to the U.S. House of Representatives.
One group, called the “Hamilton Electors,” have been actively pushing for electors to change. But this group is made up of Democratic electors, hoping that their move will inspire others. And as The Hill noted, many other Democratic electors were excited to cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton.
“I’m a Democrat, I bleed blue blood. I’m with Hillary,” Connecticut elector Barbara Gordon told The Hill. “I keep hoping for some magic, but for me the magic would not be to vote for a Republican, even though I think any Republican would be better than Trump.”
Other Democrats tried to gain more information about allegations that the Russian government interfered with the election by hacking the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief, John Podesta, to help Donald Trump win.
As ABC News noted, these electors tried to receive a classified briefing on the allegations.
“As of Sunday, 80 electors, all but one of whom are pledged to Clinton, have signed a letter urging Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to give them classified briefings on Russia’s hacking and any of its other cyberactivities related to U.S. elections. Christine Pelosi, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, who spearheaded the action, said electors needed to be fully informed on the issue before they cast their votes.”
While one Texas elector has already pledged to vote against Trump, experts said it is unlikely that the 37 necessary electors will switch their votes.
While there will be plenty of ways to follow live results of the Electoral College vote (including at CNN Politics), the results won’t become official for a few more weeks. On Friday, January 6, members of the House and Senate will meet to unseal each state’s vote and certify the results. But with Monday’s Electoral College vote open to the press and electors free to speak about their choices, it appears likely that the results will be known by the end of the day — and Donald Trump on his way to becoming president.
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