Electoral College: Maine & Minnesota Electors ‘Forced’ to Change Vote from Bernie to Clinton

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A Maine elector couldn’t go faithless for Bernie today. (Getty)

Two electors who wanted to cast their votes for Bernie Sanders were stopped in their tracks. David Bright, a Democrat elector in Maine, made national news when he publicly announced his plan to go faithless and cast his vote for Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton. But when he tried to do just that, Maine electors essentially forced him to switch his vote back to Clinton, Portland Press Herald reported.

David Bright announced his intention on Facebook before the vote.

He wrote, in part:

So I cast my Electoral College vote for Bernie Sanders 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.”

Unfortunately, it appears that not everyone was in agreement with showing Bernie supporters that respect. The Portland Press Herald reported that when David Bright cast his vote for Bernie instead of Clinton, the vote was ruled out of order and all the electors were forced to vote again. At that point, Bright changed his vote from Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton. Maine law requires electors to vote as pledged and the penalty is a fine.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Abdurrahman, a Minnesota elector, refused to vote for Clinton. He was a delegate for Bernie Sanders and had attempted to cast a vote for Sanders as President and Tulsi Gabbard as Vice President. His vote was declared invalid and he was immediately replaced by an alternate.

However, one elector was successful. In Hawaii, an elector successfully flipped their vote from Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders.

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