While there has been much talk in recent days about the Electoral College and likely fruitless efforts to influence or intimidate electors into changing their votes when the group meets Dec. 19, at least one elector from Texas has decided to remove himself entirely from the discussion.
Writing in a blog post over the weekend, Art Sisneros delivered a lengthy summation of the Electoral College and how it works, while also delving into his understanding of what the original intent of the process was meant to be.
The conclusion he ultimately reached was that he could not, as a Christian man with a clear conscience, cast his electoral vote for President-elect Donald Trump as the rest of the Texas electors are expected to do.
“If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I cannot and will not vote for Donald Trump for president. I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God,” Sisneros wrote.
“The reality is Trump will be our president, no matter what my decision is,” he continued, adding later that his resignation is symbolic of his belief that “our republic is lost.”
According to Politico, Sisneros has instead resigned his position as a Texas elector and essentially handed off the responsibility of fulfilling the constitutional process for installing the president-elect in office to an alternate elector who will take his place.
“Since I can’t in good conscience vote for Donald Trump, and yet have sinfully made a pledge that I would, the best option I see at this time is to resign my position as an elector,” Sisneros wrote. “This will allow the remaining body of electors to fill my vacancy when they convene on Dec. 19 with someone that can vote for Trump.”
“The people will get their vote … I will sleep well at night knowing I neither gave in to their demands nor caved to my convictions,” he stated. “I will also mourn the loss of our republic.”
Texas Republican Party chairman Tom Mechler said of the resignation, “We respect Mr. Sisneros’ decision and appreciate his willingness to step down from his position as a presidential elector in Texas,” adding that the remaining Texas delegation would choose his replacement at the beginning of the Dec. 19 meeting.
U.S. News and World Report also covered the resignation of Sisernos while pointing out the similarity of his decision to that of a group of electors calling themselves the “Hamilton electors,” citing their understanding of Alexander Hamilton’s belief that the job of the Electoral College was not to merely affirm what the populations of the various states wanted, but to ensure that only individuals “endowed with the requisite qualifications” be selected by them to be president.
Liberals hope that the group’s efforts at convincing other electors to think similarly will result in enough electors either changing their votes or abstaining altogether to sabotage Trump from reaching the necessary 270 electoral votes to be officially declared president.
That movement is nothing short of misguided, though, as even if they were successful in preventing Trump from reaching 270, the decision would simply shift to the House of Representatives, where the overwhelming Republican majority would certainly pick Trump as president over Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.
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