Group uses newspaper ads to call on electors to change votes

Process would prove very challenging
Posted at 4:50 PM, Dec 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 16:50:29-05

We're more than a month post-election and we are still talking about votes. But now, it's all about the electoral college and some of the members possibly changing their votes when they meet next week. A full page ad in Wednesday's Tampa Bay Times is just fueling the fire.

While Donald Trump is busy filling his presidential cabinet, one group is still trying to stop him from getting into the Oval Office.

"It's clear that he doesn't respect or understand the constitution. And he's made a point of attacking ordinary Americans, journalists and political opponents, in ways that are very troubling and frightening," said Daniel Brezenoff, of Democracy & Progress.

Brezenoff is a California college professor. He started this online petition and was blown away that it's now gaining national attention with nearly five million signatures. Enough money was raised from supporters to put ads in seven major US papers, asking electors to vote their conscience.

"We've always said it's a long shot and it remains a long shot. I think it's certainly possible that there are electors who are going to cast ballots against Mr. Trump but are not saying so publicly," said Brezenoff.

It's definitely not easy. It would taking shifting at least 38 electoral votes from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton.

It's so tough because 29 states and the District of Columbia, legally require electors to cast their votes for their candidate they're bound to. And even if they broke the law to flip to the other side, or vote for some other candidate, there'd probably be Constitutional challenges.  

"I'm sure there can be a rogue elector but these positions are carefully selected through the states parties but I'm 100 percent confident Trump will be sworn in January 20th," said Nick Deceglia, a Republican Florida elector.

Political analyst Susan McManus agrees, saying the odds of enough electors changing their minds is about the same chances the Bucs have of winning 10 straight Super Bowls.

Daniel Brezenoff knows chances are small this time, but he's hoping to start a bigger conversation about changing the electoral college.

And for a little perspective, changes in electoral votes have only happened eight times in US history.  In the thousands of votes cast, just 157 electors have actually voted against the candidate they were bound to. And it's never changed an election's outcome.