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People are calling on the electoral college to break with their state and vote for Hillary Clinton instead of Donald Trump. They think this is the exact kind of situation the electoral college was designed to prevent. Others are saying the system worked as it was supposed to—a group of people unhappy with the direction the country is headed voted and the electoral representatives should respect that. What do you think? Vote now. 

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This electoral college voter is not voting for Trump. Here's why.

 I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States. Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump. In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference. I do not think presidents-elect should be disqualified for policy disagreements. I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote. However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.
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Lawrence Lessig, professor at Harvard Law School and presidential candidate, thinks the electoral college should vote for Clinton.

Instead, if the electoral college is to control who becomes our president, we should take it seriously by understanding its purpose precisely. It is not meant to deny a reasonable judgment by the people. It is meant to be a circuit breaker — just in case the people go crazy.

In this election, the people did not go crazy. The winner, by far, of the popular vote is the most qualified candidate for president in more than a generation. Like her or not, no elector could have a good-faith reason to vote against her because of her qualifications. Choosing her is thus plainly within the bounds of a reasonable judgment by the people.
Yet that is not the question the electors must weigh as they decide how to cast their ballots. Instead, the question they must ask themselves is whether there is any good reason to veto the people’s choice.
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Matthew J. Franck responds to Lawrence Lessig here. 

But the legislatures of 48 states, acting under their constitutional authority, have decided that slates of party-nominated electors will be chosen according to the results of statewide popular voting for presidential nominees, and the other two states have chosen a mix of statewide and House-district voting. These choices create a legitimate presumption in favor of 306 electoral votes going to Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton’s lead in the aggregated national popular vote (which Lessig says should not be “vetoed”) could be said to come entirely from the results in just one state, California. If Lawrence Lessig would care to explain why the electors in all the states Donald Trump won should take their cue from the voters of California, I’m all eyes.
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The seemingly endless dillydallying of California’s (presumably union-represented) public employees has obscured two interesting things about this year’s presidential election. The first is that Electoral College loser Hillary Clinton won a plurality of the popular vote by a considerably wider percentage than her counterparts in the elections of 2000 and 1888 — Al Gore and Grover Cleveland, respectively — though she apparently won by a slimmer margin than Samuel Tilden in 1876. The second is that the most populous state was a political outlier, voting at one extreme in the national political spectrum.
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Here are some perspectives from people who think the electoral college should vote for Hillary. 

FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Should the Electoral College be able to vote against voters' wishes?
#VoteTheirConscience
A festive crown for the winner
#RespectTheSystem