As protesters mount national pressure against members of the electoral college to defy conventionality and elect Hillary Clinton, all signs show that Alabama’s nine electors remain firmly ready to vote for Trump.
Members of the electoral college take a pledge to honor the voters of their respective state. In Alabama, Donald Trump won handily with more than 62 percent of the vote. Still, anti-Trump activists from across the nation have spent weeks waging a letter-writing campaign targeting electors, including those in the Yellowhammer State.
Last week, AL.com reported that Montgomery attorney Will Sellers, one of the state’s electors, has received more than 2,200 emails urging him to switch his vote. Also an elector during the 2004, 2008, and 2012 elections, he told the news source that “it’s never been like this.”
“I’ve never seen this kind of wholesale, direct communications with electors,” Sellers said.
He went on to add that many of the calls, letters, and emails he has received have appeared to come from an organized call center or pre-written form.
Terry Lathan, Chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party, told the Associated Press that electors are a “rock solid 100 percent.” Elector Mary Sue McClurkin agreed.
In an interview with WBRC, McClurkin, a former State Representative, said that she hasn’t been swayed by “ugly” and “colorful” letters directed against Trump. She told the station that the role she plays in the Electoral College is bigger than herself.
“It was a part of our constitution early on so, you know, it does work,” she said. It definitely works and especially for states like Alabama that is not a very populous state, we still have a place at the table there.”
Alabama’s electors will meet on Monday in the Old House Chamber to cast their votes.