Michael Moore: I’ll Pay Rogue Electors’ Fines

Filmmaker Michael Moore says he will pay the fines of any Republican electors punished for voting against Donald Trump on Monday. The author wrote on Facebook, “I obviously can’t and won’t give you money to vote tomorrow, but if you do vote your conscience and you are punished for it, I will personally step up pay your fine, which is my legal right to do.” Moore said that his urge to financially assist rogue electors comes from his love of country. “I’m simply asking you to vote your conscience and PLEASE do not put our nation in danger by choosing Donald J. Trump.” Each member of the Electoral College will meet Monday in the nation’s state capitals to cast their ballots in the presidential election. Some 30 states do have laws on the books that require electors to vote a certain way, with a fine imposed for those who break the rule. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures website, “These laws may either impose a fine on an elector who fails to vote according to the statewide or district popular vote, or may disqualify an elector who violates his or her pledge and provide a replacement elector.” In American history, no elector has ever been penalized or replaced in such a manner.