First "Faithless Elector" Emerges In Minnesota, Refuses To Vote For Hillary Clinton

For all the anticipatory rhetoric about a potential wave of Electors refusing to endorse Trump, it may come as a surprise that the first "faithless elector" to emerge in Monday's Electoral College vote was in Minnesota has refused to vote not for Trump but for Hillary Clinton.

As the Hill reports, Muhammad Abdurrahman, a former Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention, attempted to vote for no candidate, according to The Associated Press's Kyle Potter.

Abdurrahman's vote was declared invalid and an alternate elector was appointed, allowing the state to go ahead and deliver its 10 electoral votes for Hillary Clinton. 

Many liberals have protested Donald Trump's presidential election victory, calling on Republican electors to refuse to back Trump. Instead, the day's first "faithless elector" is a Democrat. 

Minnesota was also the site of the last "faithless elector" in 2004, when one person voted for "John Ewards" for president. Democrat John Edwards had been on the ballot as John Kerry's running mate, and its unclear whether the vote had been a mistake or if it was done out of protest.

Muhammad's public LinkedIn profile can be seen after the link.

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