Millions of Americans are holding on to a slim possibility that on Dec. 19th, the Electoral College will cast their votes not for the man who won the Electoral College, but rather the woman who won the most votes.
A Change.org petition launched just days after the election is asking the special group of electors, which meets in December to officially cast their votes for president, to make Clinton the nation’s next commander-in-chief. The former First Lady lost the presidential election in a historic upset to reality star turned politician Donald Trump — who many argue doesn’t have the political experience to run the country.
The petition has since received almost four million signatures from supporters.
“We’re calling on the Electors to ignore their states’ votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton,” the petition reads. “Why? Mr. Trump is unfit to serve. His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the Republic.”
Electors have the choice of either voting the way their states did (in favor of Trump), or they can write-in their vote for Clinton. In 21 states, Electors are not bound to vote the way their states did.
On Election Day, Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of 395,595 votes over Trump. But because the Electoral College is directly responsible for electing the president, the former real estate tycoon was able to snag a spot in the White House.
Critics of the electoral process have long spoken out about the flawed system, arguing that the special group of electors only favors states that lack diversity. Others express confusion about the need to vote at all since the Electoral College ultimately decides who is elected.
“The only reason Trump “won” is because of the Electoral College,” the petition states. “But the Electoral College can actually give the White House to either candidate. So why not use this most undemocratic of our institutions to ensure a democratic result?”
The petition continues to gain steam as it circulates among celebrities and other influencers on social media.