Someone needs to lose their job like yesterday over this. Sometimes doing the “ok” thing is not the right thing and in this case this is just plain wrong.
The Pennsylvania State Department has released Electoral College members names, addresses and phone numbers. The State GOP is seeking any and all type of litigation advice right now on how to proceed.
Pennsylvania has 20 electoral college members and here’s the kicker, they are not bound to vote the way the state voted in November so leaving them vulnerable like this could be tragic.
PennLive spoke to an elector said she received 18,000 emails, 130 letters and postcards and numerous phone calls after her address and phone number was released. She said she hasn’t attempted to read all the emails, but most were urging her to cast her vote for Hillary Clinton.
The elector asked not to be identified, out of fear of further harassment.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review interviewed two other electors — Craig Stewart, of Cumberland County, and Ash Khare of Warren County — who each said they had also received thousands of emails.
“Most of the emails that I read were sincere and respectful,” Stewart told the Tribune-Review, “but I don’t even bother reading them anymore. Who can read 20,000 emails?”
“Previously, the Pennsylvania Department of State redacted everything except for names for these types of requests,” said state GOP spokeswoman Megan Sweeney.
“The Department of State’s actions are directly responsible for the unprecedented harassment and potential endangering of Pennsylvania’s electors by people who want the electors to ignore the will of the people.”
Lawyers from the state Republican Party and Trump’s campaign are exploring their legal options, Sweeney said.
Pennsylvania has 20 Electoral College electors. State parties select their 20 electors months before the election and submit them to the Department of State. When voters voted for Trump, they were actually voting for his slate of electors, who will gather Dec. 19 at the capitol to cast their votes for president in the state’s Electoral College.
There is no U.S. Constitutional provision or federal law that requires electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their states.
Murren noted that the department had posted only the names and home counties of the electors on its website. However, she said, under state election law, the list of electors is a public document. The department followed the Election Code requirements by releasing the list, upon request, to registered voters, she said.
But the state Republican Party is not having it.
“These electors were never on the ballot, nor were they ever candidates,” Sweeney said. “Nevertheless, Governor Tom Wolf’s Department of State chose to break with precedent and release the phone numbers and home addresses of Pennsylvania’s twenty electors.”
Democrat PA Dept of State releases
contact info of 20 PA Trump electors
Violates records law to harasshttps://t.co/VVPBR47Rvd
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