Electoral College voter gets death threats
An Electoral College voter said on CNN Wednesday that he’s received death threats over his vote.
Michael Banerian, a college student in Michigan and the youth vice chairman of the Michigan Republican party, is one of the state’s 16 electors who will cast a vote for president-elect Donald Trump.
But since people figured out he is one of the electoral voters, he said he has received death threats.
“Obviously, this election cycle was pretty divisive. Unfortunately it’s bled over into the weeks following the election and I have been inundated with death threats, death wishes, generally angry messages trying to get me to change my vote to Hillary Clinton or another person, and unfortunately, it’s gotten a little out of control,” Banerian said.
“I’ve had people talk about putting a bullet in the back of my mouth. I’ve had death wishes or people just saying ‘I hope you die.’ Or, ‘Do society a favor, throw yourself in front of a bus,'” he said.
Banerian told CNN he filed a police report over the death threats. He also explained that even if he wanted to change his vote, which he said he doesn’t, there are laws that prevent him from doing so.
“In the state of Michigan we have laws that prevent faithless electors. So, essentially what happens, if I tried to vote for somebody else, which, let me be clear, I don’t want to, but if I tried to, I would be removed and replaced by another elector. It’s a pointless endeavor,” he said.
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