SC Democratic Party sends petition prior to vote
Secretary of State Mark Hammond convened the 2016 Electoral College Monday, December 19, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Columbia. Unanimously casting their votes for Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump of New York, and Vice Presidential nominee Michael R. Pence of Indiana. “As South Carolina’s Secretary of State, I am proud to certify the electoral votes that will be tallied by a joint session of Congress and officially elect the President and Vice President of the United States,” said Secretary of State Hammond. “With this vote, we become part of our country’s great history and future.”
As part of a national effort to have electors go against their responsibility to the Electoral College process, and claims of foreign influence on the election, earlier today the South Carolina Democratic Party sent a petition to South Carolina’s nine members of the Electoral College in advance of their meeting. The petition, which had over 1400 signatures, called on electors to withhold their votes in the Electoral College until they receive a detailed intelligence briefing on Russian interference in the election.