Electors receive thousands of emails, letters ahead of presidential vote


JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – After over a month of unrest after the presidential election in November, the Electoral College will meet Monday to cast their final votes for the president of the United States.

Electors representing congressional districts will select their choice for president based on the election results in their district.

People around the country who were dissatisfied with the results of the election have called for electors to vote against Donald Trump regardless of the election results in their districts.

We talked to the elector representing the 1st congressional district in Tennessee, Jason Mumpower, who said he has received thousands of emails and letters concerning his electoral vote.

“Since the election, I have had an outpouring of contact from across the United States, people frantically, sometimes hysterically emailing,” Mumpower said. “I have, as of today, received over 70,000 emails. I have received about 300 letters. I received about 75 letters in the mail this week alone.”

He assured us that the vote on Monday would not change the result of the election.

“When I am in Nashville on Monday with my fellow electors from Tennessee I will be voting for Donald Trump to be America’s 45th president and I’m confident all eleven of Tennessee’s electors are going to do the same.”

Mumpower emphasized how important the Electoral College is, particularly for rural regions like East Tennessee. He said without this system, presidential candidates would only campaign in highly populated cities and would not reach smaller communities.

“Folks who live in communities like ours, suburban and rural communities, we would just be completely lost. So the Electoral College is very important for people like us here in upper East Tennessee.”Copyright 2016 WJHL. All Rights Reserved.

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