Hillary Clinton Could Still Become President

Hillary Clinton

People have been both celebrating and grieving over the election results. Donald Trump did it, and most everyone is in disbelief over this historic outcome.

While the Hillary voters go through their stages of grief, there have been some who have been looking into a certain Hail Mary pass. While it seems the game is over, apparently there is a chance for the players to get back out on the field and overturn the results.

Clinton received 200,000 more votes from the American people than Trump did, but Trump won due to the Electoral College of passing the 279 vote mark.

So the Electoral College is made up of electors who vote for the president. They don’t vote on election day, rather it is December 19 when they actually vote. In general, these individuals vote for the candidate who won the electoral votes, but technically it’s possible for these individuals to defect. They could vote against Trump. Clinton could win. This is known as being a faithless elector, and it is very, very rare for it to happen.

Apparently 99 percent of electors vote as they are bound. There was a faithless elector in 2004. That elector went against John Kerry, voting for his running mate. Didn’t matter though as it wasn’t enough for Kerry and Edwards to end up winning.

The founding fathers created the Electoral College due to fear of “direct democracy.” Alexander Hamilton said, “the office of president will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”

Even though it is extremely rare, so is an outsider like Trump becoming president. And apparently there is nothing legal preventing them from doing it, and if enough electors decide to switch from Trump to Clinton, technically she could win. But as there are protests now against Trump being president, you can imagine the massive protests that would go down if faithless electors decided to go against the electoral winner.

Sources: New York Post, AOL / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr