A petition has been launched to remove Chris Suprun from the Texas Electoral College has exceeded 18,000 signatures. As an Elector-Voter, you are required to vote according to the popular vote. In defiance to what Texas voters want, one elector voter, Suprun, refuses to vote for Trump. Supun states in his op-ed that he refuses to vote for Trump because he is “someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.”
As a voter in the election, you have right to vote as you wish due to your beliefs. However, as an elector voter you do not. You vote, according to what the voters want.
Suprun states, “The United States was set up as a republic. Alexander Hamilton provided a blueprint for states’ votes. Federalist 68 argued that an Electoral College should determine if candidates are qualified, not engaged in demagogy, and independent from foreign influence. Mr. Trump shows us again and again that he does not meet these standards.”
Suprun also questioned Trump’s international business dealings. “We have reports that Mr. Trump’s organization has business dealings in Argentina, Bahrain, Taiwan and elsewhere. Mr. Trump could be impeached in his first year given his dismissive responses to financial conflicts of interest,” he wrote.
Suprun called on his fellow presidential electors to follow his lead and “vote their conscience.”
“I believe electors should unify behind a Republican alternative, an honorable and qualified man or woman such as Gov. John Kasich of Ohio,” he said.
Unlike some states that impose penalties for faithless electors, Texas law does not penalize electors who vote against the statewide popular vote.
However, that could soon change. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Wednesday in a radio interview that Suprun’s decision may lead Texas lawmakers to pass a law requiring electors to support the winner of the statewide popular vote.
“This is the type of action by an individual that will probably prompt us in the upcoming session to look at passing a law … that says their electors must follow the will of the people,” Patrick said.
H/T: Western Journalism