North Alabama elector reacts to efforts against Electoral College

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- In Alabama, it's against state law for a member of the Electoral College to go against the party and cast a vote for a candidate different than their initial pledge.

While 5th Congressional District elector Elbert Peters says that matters, what matters more to him is his duty to himself and his own morals.

"It's not a consideration to me," he said of the laws, "but it's loyalty to myself. I'm going to do what I'm supposed to do."

So, come December 19 when the electors meet in their respective state capitols, he knows what he's going to do. He has no doubts.

"I will vote for Trump and Pence on several ballots," he said, noting it's more than one ballot he'll have to fill out, " because those ballots have to go to different places."

There's a last-ditch push to get Hillary Clinton in the White House, and it culminates on Change.org with a petition to get electors to switch.  Organizers are dissatisfied with the Electoral College, arguing that Clinton (who won the popular vote) should instead be getting ready to assume the Presidency.

Peters said, "There's so much tilting at the windmill. It's not going to happen." He added, "It's foolish. We're not going to change."

There's nothing in the Constitution that says electors can not defect, but there could be penalties including fines or disqualification depending on state laws. It would take Congress passing a Constitutional Amendment to do away with the Electoral College, and state legislatures would also have to act for that to take effect.