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Politics

Unprecedented national protests expected for Electoral College vote

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Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce CEO Bob Duffy
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Electors are gathering Monday in every state to formally elect the President and Vice President of the United States. Usually this is a mere formality, but anti-Donald Trump forces are trying one last time to deny him the White House.

Protests are planned for state capitals, urging Electoral College members to respect the will of the people and the popular vote. Republican electors say they have been deluged with emails, phone calls and letters urging them not to support Trump. 

In New York State, the Electoral College will convene in the Senate Chamber of the State Capitol in Albany Monday at noon. Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, who's providing legal advice to New York electors, said at least 20 Republican electors are considering not voting for Trump.

The Associated Press tried to reach all 538 electors and interviewed more than 330 of them, finding widespread aggravation among Democrats with the electoral process. However, despite the national group therapy session being conducted by some Democrats, only one Republican elector told the AP that he will not vote for Trump.