50-State Protest Calls on the Electoral College Electors to Stop Trump
Of the nation's 538 electors, just 38 would have to go rogue to deny Donald Trump the presidency.
"We know of between 20 and 30 electors that are talking privately about defecting from Trump," Kai Newkirk, Co-founder of 99Rise & Mission Director of Democracy Spring, told The Young Turks.
"There's one who's gone public already, who was a first responder on 9/11, lifetime Republican," he added, referring to Chris Suprun, a faithless Texas elector from Dallas.
Since Democracy Spring's D.C. action this past April, Newkirk has organized a nationwide defense of democracy on December 19, the day the Electoral College votes. Newkirk anticipates turnout in the thousands, as protests will take place at every state capital in the country.
The civil action is sponsored by Democracy Spring, Americans Take Action, the Electoral College Petition, and Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
"If the electors listen to their conscience and consider this Russian interference, consider the conflicts of interest, we hope that many of them are going to reject him," Newkirk said.
Voting against the state's winner is in violation of state law, punishable by a fine of up to $1000. Harvard University law professor and one-time presidential candidate Larry Lessig has teamed up California-based law firm to provide free legal counsel to faithless electors.
“It makes no sense to be elector number five who comes out against Trump. But it might make sense to be elector 38,” Lessig said.