Electoral College Results: Ron Paul, Faith Spotted Eagle, John Kasich Get Votes
The final tally for the Electoral College vote on Monday, like the 2016 election, was full of surprises.
President-elect Trump secured the electoral win, but not with the 306 votes he was expected to get.
Trump only won 304 votes, while rival Hillary Clinton finished with 228 votes—instead of 232 votes.
Former presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Ohio Gov. John Kasich got 1 vote each. Kasich got a vote in Texas instead of Trump, and Sanders received one in Maine instead of Clinton.
However, Maine forced the elector to retract his vote for Sanders and give it to Clinton. The same thing happened in Minnesota when an elector tried to back Sanders but authorities replaced him with a delegate who would vote for Clinton. An elector in Colorado attempted to cast a ballot for Kasich but an alternate was called in to vote in place of that elector.
Libertarian former Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the presidential candidate, got one vote in Texas instead of Trump, while former Secretary of State Colin Powell got three votes in Washington state instead of Clinton.
Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American activist who fought the Dakota Access Pipeline, earned one vote in Washington. She’s the first Native American to ever receive an electoral vote in United States history.
The last time this many different people received votes in the Electoral College results was in 1796, according to Reason.com.
There were protests outside various state capitols during the electoral college session. Many of the protesters railed against Trump, urging electors to cast their ballots for someone else. Before Monday, electors said they received thousands of emails and phone calls that argue Trump is unqualified.