David Bright, one of Maine’s four Electoral College electors, is going rogue. The Democratic elector will be casting his vote for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton.
He issued a lengthy statement on Facebook.
“I am not a Clinton elector I am a Democratic elector. I do not represent Democrats all over the country, I represent Democrats in Maine.”
He continued, “I cast my vote for Bernie Sanders not out of spite, or malice, or anger, or as an act of civil disobedience. I mean no disrespect to our nominee. I cast my vote to represent thousands of Democratic Maine voters – many less than a third my age – who came into Maine politics for the first time this year because of Bernie Sanders.”
He finally declared, “So I cast my Electoral College vote for Bernie today to let those new voters who were inspired by him know that some of us did hear them, did listen to them, do respect them and understand their disappointment.”
The rest of the Maine electors along with Bright plan to gather on the floor of the Maine House of Representatives at 2 p.m. to cast their electoral ballots.
Central Maine reports this will “be the first time since 1828 that the state’s Electoral College electors split their votes. Maine is one of only two states, Nebraska being the other, that allows for a split of Electoral College votes by U.S. Congressional Districts.”
Donald Trump won the 2nd Congressional District and is expected to receive one electoral vote from Maine’s 2nd Congressional District. While Hillary won the First U.S. Congressional District in Maine and was expected to receive three, but with Bright’s decision she looks to only get two or less depending on how the other electors vote.
Many Hillary supporters are planning protests across the nation in a last ditch effort in order to pressure electors into changing their votes!
The last time Maine split their electoral votes, it “had nine electors, and eight cast their ballots for the National Republican Party’s candidate and incumbent John Quincy Adams. One elector voted for Andrew Jackson, the Democrat, who won the White House by carrying 15 states and 178 Electoral College votes.”
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H/T: Central Maine