Electoral College could see historic numbers of 'faithless electors'

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In one last effort to deny Donald Trump the presidency, half a dozen Democratic electors in the Electoral College have signed onto an agreement to attempt to block Trump from getting into the White House.

These electors are trying to convince their Republican counterparts to also break with their oaths, and state law, in some cases, to refuse to vote for Trump, in the process becoming what is called a 'faithless elector.'

While Democrats realize that it is unlikely they will be able to convince the 37 Republicans needed to deny Trump the presidency, they feel their efforts are worth it. Even if they are not able to stop Trump, their efforts would undermine faith in the Electoral College and would hopefully inspire the United States to take a closer look at this system that many feel is antiquated.

"I do think that a byproduct would be a serious look into Electoral College reform," said Micheal Baca, a Democratic elector from Colorado.

Check out Trump's rumored picks for his administration:

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Donald Trump's rumored picks for his administration

Trump named Jeff Sessions his pick for U.S. attorney general. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump named Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn his pick for National Security Adviser. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Newt Gingrich is rumored to be among Trump's top picks for secretary of state. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Mitt Romney has reportedly been in discussions for secretary of state. 

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Ted Cruz was believed to be under consideration for Trump's attorney general

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Steven Mnuchin is rumored to be Trump's top pick for Treasury Secretary. (KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
 

Bob Corker is also rumored to be among Trump's picks for secretary of state. REUTERS/Mike Theiler

Stephen Hadley is rumored to be in the running for secretary of defense. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Jim Talent is rumored to also be in the running for secretary of defense. REUTERS/Tim Parker 

Rudy Giuliani was also rumored to be among Trump's top picks for attorney general. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Forrest Lucas is rumored to be Trump's top pick for Interior Secretary. ( Amanda Edwards/WireImage)

Robert Grady is also being eyed for the Interior Secretary position.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser 

Donald Trump Jr. is also said to have interest in the Interior Secretary position. (REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Sam Brownback is also one of the several names being considered for Agriculture Secretary. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Billionaire Wilbur Ross is a rumored choice for Commerce Secretary. FINANCE-WLROSS/ REUTERS/Tim Chong 

Daniel Dimicco, a Trump Trade Advisor is also on the possible list for Commerce Secretary.  REUTERS/Chris Keane 

Rick Scott is considered to be a top contender for Health and Human Services Secretary.  REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

Jeff Miller's name has been bounced around many times for the Veterans Affairs Secretary position. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Myron Bell who has been a part of Trump's transition team is rumored to be the top pick for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator position. 

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Representative Tom Price of Georgia is being considered for the position of secretary of health and human services.

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John Bolton is yet another rumored pick for secretary of state. 

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"If it gets into the House, the controversy and the uncertainty that would immediately blow up into a political firestorm in the U.S. would cause enough people — my hope is — to look at the whole concept of the Electoral College," said another elector.

If even a few Republicans defect away from the Trump ticket, the ripples could stir up change despite a Trump presidency.

"If you could get eight or 10 Trump electors to vote for someone else...then that would probably get people's attention," said George Edwards III, a political science professor and Electoral College expert at Texas A&M University told Politico. "We haven't ever had that many faithless electors in one election."

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