fbpx

Latest Posts

Home

Facebook

Twitter

Search
About

Minnesota Elector Refuses to Vote for Clinton

electors-mnLiberals have been twisting arms all over the country in an unprecedented effort to undermine the outcome of the 2016 election favoring Donald Trump in the Electoral College.

But when the votes were counted today in Minnesota, it was Hillary Clinton who lost electoral support at least momentarily.

A crowd of about 100 protesters were on hand to greet the ten members of Minnesota’s Electoral College Assembly who were bound to cast their electoral votes for Clinton. Or were they?

The electors met to give Clinton the state’s votes after she won the popular vote in Minnesota by 44,765 votes.

Muhammad Abdurrahman, one of the 10 electors, voted for Sen. Bernie Sanders, making him a so-called “faithless elector.” He was replaced by an alternate, as required by law, who voted for Clinton.

Abdurrahman, who was a Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention, did not say he was protesting Trump; rather, he was protesting the Minnesota law that requires the electors to cast their ballot for the Minnesota popular vote winner.simon

Secretary of State Steve Simon has been a supporter of National Popular Vote, a campaign to eliminate the Electoral College system and provide for direct presidential elections. But in his current capacity, Simon did what the job requires. He replaced Abdurrahman with an alternate who voted as required under the law.

Inside the packed meeting room at the state’s new Senate office building, a few Minnesotans said in raised voices that Secretary of State Steve Simon — who presided over the proceedings — and electors should delay the vote or abstain until a proper investigation of Russian interference in the election.

In Minnesota fashion, the demonstrators inside the assembly were not particularly disruptive. State Patrol made no effort to silence or remove them.

Laura Flynn and Mike Rollin, both of Minneapolis, said after the ceremony that they were opposed to the Electoral College system of choosing a president and said the electors could not make informed choices without a full investigation of Russian influence in the November election.

Simon, elected as a DFLer in 2014 after serving in the Minnesota House, said he was required by law and Constitution to proceed with the assembly.

Comments

Subscribe

Categories

Upcoming Events

  • Morning in Minnesota Breakfast Series Featuring Isaac Orr

    Location: The Oaks at Eagle Creek 1000 26th Ave NE Willmar, MN 56201

    Please join Center of the American Experiment on Tuesday, August 27th at The Oaks at Eagle Creek for breakfast with Center policy fellow and energy expert, Isaac Orr. Following his discussion of his new report, Doubling Down on Failure: How a 50 Percent by 2030 Renewable Energy Standard Would Cost Minnesota $80.2 Billion, Isaac will be joined by Rep. Tim Miller, Rep. Dave Baker, and Sen. Andrew Lang for a conversation about renewable energy standards in Minnesota. Tuesday, August 27, 2019 The Oaks at Eagle Creek 1000 26th Ave NE, Willmar, MN 56201 7:30 AM Breakfast & Check-In 8:00 AM Presentation…

  • Fall Briefing Featuring Kimberley Strassel

    Location: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts 345 Washington Street, St. Paul, MN 55102

    Purchase Tickets Here

    Register Now