Suprun granted the interview with WFAA News 8 one day after writing an op-ed that appeared in The New York Times in which he urged fellow electors to unite behind a Republican-alternative.
Traditionally, each elector simply goes along with their state's decision. The Framers meant to protect small states like Idaho, designing a system that dilutes direct democracy for a stable constitutional republic. It also ensures that the electoral vote may not closely reflect the popular vote in a state. Federalist No. 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Given his own public statements, it isn't clear how the Electoral College can ignore these issues, and so it should reject him. He may be OK with that, since he supports Donald Trump, who never lets facts get in the way of his opinions either.
The Electoral College, which has long drawn criticism from those who believe it's an antiquated system, dates back to the late 1700s as the name given to a group of citizens chosen to formally cast the final vote for president and vice president.
There's a group of people trying to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. "His track record shows that he is a man of coveting and self-serving - a liar and a cheat should not hold that position".
All that said, the electors in every state should follow the will of the people in their state and Texas really needs to address this by enacting a law that requires the elector to vote with the state - no matter which party wins.
Defense focuses on penalty, not guilt in Charleston church shooting
Roof sent a handwritten note to the judge requesting that he be allowed to represent himself during the "sentencing phase". The emotional case surrounding the shooting deaths of nine parishioners at the historic Emanuel AME Church has shaken SC .
These potentially faithless electors see themselves as fulfilling the role of the electors as explained by, yes, Alexander Hamilton.
The suit challenges the state law based on the First, 12th and 14th amendments. But no, confusingly, voters elect electors to vote on their behalf.
I heard a great analogy about the Electoral College.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has garnered at least 65,527,625 votes in the 2016 presidential election, over 2.6 million more than the president-elect, who has received at least 62,851,436 votes, according to figures released Wednesday by The Cook Report, a nonpartisan election analysis organization. And in the 2008 election the two major candidates spent 57% of their time and 55% of their money on just four states: OH, IL, PA, and VA. "Because he certainly doesn't understand the Electoral College and the history of our Constitution".
With that in mind, Harvard University law professor and one-time Democratic presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig is offering free legal guidance to electors through his new project, The Electors Trust, to potential "faithless electors" who are considering voting against their state's outcome.