The torrent of emails and phone calls and letters and the appeal to her religion won’t shake Florida presidential elector Robin Bernstein’s support for Donald Trump.
More than 4.6 million Floridians voted for Trump in his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. But the only Florida presidential ballots the U.S. Constitution recognizes are the ones that will be cast on Dec. 19 in Tallahassee by Bernstein and 28 other electors whose usually obscure jobs are drawing heightened interest this year.
Florida’s electors are among 538 Electoral College members who will meet in state capitals and Washington, D.C., on Dec. 19 to follow Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution and choose the next president. Trump, despite getting about 2.5 million fewer votes nationwide than Clinton, carried enough states to earn 306 electoral votes — well beyond the 270 needed.
Florida electors have been the target of a furious lobbying campaign urging them to break their oaths to support Trump. Electors from other states Trump carried have been targeted as well, with a Michigan elector saying he has received death threats and Idaho’s secretary of state complaining about “insults, vulgar language or threats” against electors.