N. Texas electors face mounting pressure to not vote for Trump

Local electors are being pressured to not vote for Donald Trump, in an effort to prevent him from getting 270 electoral votes. Todd Unger reports.

Some local electors set to vote in next month's electoral college to officially decide the presidency say they've received an onslaught of pressure to not vote for Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

State electors from across the country will meet Dec. 19 in each of their state's respective capitals. 

Party electors almost always vote for the candidate that wins the state's popular vote, even if they are considered "unbound," as they are in Texas. 

Trump carried the Lone Star State's popular vote by more than 800,000 votes, which would traditionally mean the state's 38 electoral votes are cast for him.

But Alex Kim, a Republican elector from Tarrant County, says he is getting up to 1,000 emails a day asking him to not support Trump.

"They either ask me not to vote, or to vote for Clinton," he said. 

Although many of the emails are part of a mass list, Kim said he was getting some personalized responses, as well.

When he replied to one lady from New Mexico, she wrote him saying, “F--- you.”

Another person who wrote from the United Kingdom -- she said she used to live in Texas -- called Kim, “an affront to what it means to be an American.”

She goes on to write, “It's unfortunate that someone so bludgeoned by their own assumptions is given such a heavy responsibility as yours.”

"Other says I'm offensive. How Texas one day needs to join the union. Texas is not the fabric of the United States," Kim said, recalling other emails he’s received.

Nick Ciggelakis, a 19-year-old elector from the DFW area, said his Facebook inbox has been inundated with people asking him to "vote his conscience," or asking even more plainly to not vote for Trump.

"At the state convention, I was warned but I didn't expect this," he said. "It's just different how organized of an effort people are trying to make."

The college student said he hadn’t faced any direct threats.

There are 538 electoral votes cast nationwide.  The candidate to reach 270 ascends to the presidency. 

In states like Idaho, the Secretary of State Office has made a public plea for people to stop trying to influence electors, according to the Idaho Statesman.

The Texas Secretary of State's Office told News 8 on Thursday it isn't commenting at this point.

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