New Delhi: After Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump managed to do the unthinkable, there was pandemonium across the United States of America about the impending days under his presidency, but there is still a slim chance he may not become the president of US.
As per the numbers coming up, Donald Trump who leads 290 (6,02,65,858 votes) – 228 (6,08,39,922votes) against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton could possibly lose his chance of taking over the White House all credits to the Electoral College.
The United States has a very different election system where the American citizens don’t actually decide who becomes the President. The right is given to the 538 members of the Electoral College.
The Electoral College comprises of state officials and senior party figures from the Republicans and Democrats.
The Electoral College, on December 19, will vote for who they want to be the 45th President of the United States.
Earlier too there have been instances in the past when the members of the Electoral College have also gone against the grain and voted for different candidates than those they were pledged to. However, some states punish faithless electors with a fine, but in many states there is no penalty at all for an electoral voter who goes rogue.
So the question that arises here is, will Hillary Clinton be able to garner enough votes for herself on December 19?
• If Donald Trump does something offensive and outrageous in the coming days it may prevent him from being elected and it might influence the votes of the Electoral College.
• If president-elect Donald Trump dies before taking over the office.
• Though, the chances of Electoral voters going rogue in this incident remains high, they would still need to be approved by the Republican-controlled Congress, which is set to meet on January 6.
• Also, an online petition on ‘change.org’ is currently asking electoral voters to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton on December 19.
While speaking to express.co.uk, one Texas voter, Chris Suprun, a firefighter said, “I’m not a professional politician. I’ve got no training on this one. The nominee is… saying things that in an otherwise typical election year would have you disqualified”.
First Published | 13 November 2016 2:55 PM