When electors in Pennsylvania cast their ballots for US President on Monday, they will reportedly be escorted by police. The electors in the important swing state told local papers that they had been receiving thousands of letters, emails and phone calls a day urging them to change their votes.
One of the state's 20 electors told Pennsylvania's Post-Gazette that each will be arriving with their own painclothes state trooper for protection. "I'm a big boy," elector, Ash Khare, told the paper, "But this is stupid. Nobody is standing up and telling these people, 'Enough, knock it off.'"
Others said that along with phone call at all times of the night, emails and letters, people were sending books to their houses in attempts to sway them to vote against Trump. In Pennsylvania, unlike some other states, the elector are not required to vote for the candidate that won the state, meaning the electors could legally switch from Trump.
None of the electors the paper spoke to seemed close to changing their minds, even with protests set to greet them at the state's Capitol building.
People against Donald Trump have been urging the electors to vote for someone other than the president-elect. A group of celebrities even made a video calling on electors to flip their vote.
Trump won the electoral college by 306 to 232 even though his rival, Hillary Clinton's national vote share is almost 3 million more than his. Even if enough electors are convinced to change their minds, the decision about who becomes the next President of the United States would go to the Republican-majority House of Representatives which is unlikely to reverse the decision.