Wisconsin electors firm on vote despite thousands of emails, letters

Letters and emails sent to elector Kim Babler of Madison, photo Jessica Arp

MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsin’s presidential electors said they intend to cast votes for President-elect Donald Trump next week despite a substantial lobbying effort to get them to change their minds.

A Republican slate of 10 electors will meet at the state Capitol on Monday to cast votes for Trump after Wisconsin’s popular vote result was certified this week following a recount.

Wisconsin has one elector for each of its eight congressional districts and two statewide electors, all nominated by party officials.

This year those electors will include Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Brad Courtney.

“This is a triumphant moment,” Courtney said.

“To me it’s more of a privilege because as a lifelong Republican activist and being chairman for almost six years, this is what it’s all about,” Courtney said.

Courtney said he’s been on the list to be an elector twice before, but Democrats won the state in those years.

“This is a triumphant moment,” Courtney said. “We haven’t won this state for the Republicans in 32 years and I’m really excited to come back to Madison and vote for Mr. Trump.”

Courtney and other Republican electors have been subject to a major campaign by some to get them to “vote their conscience” and reject Trump.

Madison elector Kim Babler said he’s gotten nearly 75,000 emails, as well as letters, Christmas cards and phone calls.

“I certainly thought about what people sent me and why they said it and I think that’s important,” Babler said. “My responsibility to vote for President-elect Trump is very firm and also I have a duty to represent a lot of people who voted for him.”

State law provides the electors cast their votes in the Capitol for the candidate who won the popular vote. There is no penalty under Wisconsin law for an elector who does not do so.

“I certainly thought about what people sent me and why they said it and I think that’s important,” Babler said. “My responsibility to vote for President-elect Trump is very firm and also I have a duty to represent a lot of people who voted for him.”

Courtney said other party loyalists, among the 10 electors, will also cast a vote for Trump.

“All these electors are so solidly behind Donald Trump it will be unanimous,” Courtney said. “Never had a doubt.”

The state constitution mandates the electoral college meet Monday at noon to vote. The electors will cast two ballots for president and vice-president and sign six certificates of votes cast to complete the process.


Originally published at www.channel3000.com.