RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – On Monday, Electoral College members from around the country will place their votes for the next President of the United States.
Just after noon, all 15 presidential electors in North Carolina cast their votes for President-Elect Donald Trump.
The 15 North Carolina presidential electors, along with 3 alternates, gathered Sunday evening to do a run-through of the official vote on Monday.
Electors told CBS North Carolina they decided to respect the results of the November election, in which nearly 50 percent of North Carolina voters selected Trump.
“There is no real mystery about the outcome of tomorrow’s vote,” said Mark Delk, a North Carolina presidential elector. “We are not circuit breakers as in some states, we are in fact ministers of the will of the people.”
It takes 270 electoral votes to make a president. Despite losing the national popular vote, Trump won enough states to total 306 electoral votes. He would need to see three dozen fall away for him to lose his majority.
Over the sweep of history, so-called faithless electors — those who vote for someone other than their state’s popular-vote winner — have been exceptionally rare.
North Carolina is one of the states that have passed laws that require an elector to vote as pledged. However, several electors have violated their state’s law and cast a ballot for someone other than the candidate their state has chosen. These violators are often charged with a misdemeanor and forced to pay a small fine.
Some are calling on the North Carolina presidential electors to buck tradition and cast ballots for someone other than Donald Trump.
Sunday night, dozens gathered for a “candlelight vigil” at the Old State Capitol to ask the N.C. presidential electors to reconsider their vote.
“They have the option not to vote for Donald Trump,” said Michelle Blumenthal, a Charlotte resident. “I would absolutely accept a Republican president other than Donald Trump.”
Elizabeth Davis of Raleigh says she believes Donald Trump is unfit to be president due to his refusal to release taxes, his divisive speech and encouragement of violence from supporters during his campaign rallies.
Davis says she’s not too optimistic her state’s presidential electors will have a change of heart, but she hopes they will at least reconsider.
“I can hope, that’s the best I can do,” said Davis.
N.C. presidential electors said they’ve received about 5,000 letters, some from Canada, from people asking them to change their vote. They claim some of the electors have received threats and bribes over their vote.
“We’ve made a decision. The Electoral College is not up for debate,” said Dr. Glenn Pinckney, a North Carolina presidential elector. “It’s not a process that we just started yesterday. It’s not something that a Republican had an idea of last week, it’s an established procedure.”
— The Associated Press contributed to this report