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I signed this petition, and I urge you to as well. It calls on the Electoral College to pay attention to the popular vote and elect Hillary Clinton.

But getting to that point is a rough climb, and here’s why, according to the National Archives.

“Choosing each state’s Electors is a two-part process. First, the political parties in each state choose slates of potential Electors sometime before the general election. Second, on Election Day, the voters in each state select their state’s Electors by casting their ballots for President.”

“There is no Constitutional provision or Federal law that requires Electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their states. Some states, however, require Electors to cast their votes according to the popular vote. . . . [and] political parties may extract pledges from electors to vote for the parties’ nominees.”

“Electors generally hold a leadership position in their party or were chosen to recognize years of loyal service to the party. Throughout our history as a nation, more than 99 percent of Electors have voted as pledged.”

So victory looks unlikely — but we still have a little time. The Archives’ website says that electors meet to cast votes on December 13.

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