Where Is The Electoral College Meeting In Florida? The State Was Crucial For Donald Trump
The 2016 election will officially come to an end on Dec. 19 after the Electoral College casts its votes. Rather than gathering in one place for the process, the 538 electors will have separate meetings in their respective states. With millions of people pinning their hopes of preventing Donald Trump's presidency on these electors, there will undoubtedly be crowds gathered around the electoral voting locations. If you happen to live in Florida and would like to make your voice heard on the fateful day, Tallahassee is the place to go.
Florida statute 103.051 states, "The presidential electors shall, on the day that is directed by Congress and at the time fixed by the Governor, meet at Tallahassee and perform the duties required of them by the Constitution and laws of the United States."
The Florida state capitol building in Tallahassee, to be more specific. The meeting time has still not been released to the public, but the event usually takes place in the afternoon; in 2012, Florida's electors met at 2p.m. EST.
Florida was one of the closest states in the election, with Trump beating Hillary Clinton by just 1.4 percent. Its 29 electoral votes were imperative for Trump's victory.
Anti-Trump voters have focused more intensely on flipping electors from swing states like Florida. Joe Negron, one of the 29, deemed the thought of Florida's electors switching their votes as "ridiculous." He said, "It sounds like sour grapes to me. We had an election in Florida and Donald Trump received the majority of votes and therefore gets 29 electoral votes."
The Sunshine State is currently not holding a recount, but a small group of voters have filed a lawsuit demanding one. They cite the discrepancy between pre-voting poll numbers and the actual results as the root of their suspicions. “This is an election where pretty much everyone knew what the results were going to be – except they were completely the opposite,” Clint Curtis, one of the plaintiffs, said. “If we can’t get a real count of the votes for this election, then we have lost our democracy. We will never be able to challenge a close election again.” The lawsuit also claims that "tens of thousands" of votes were "improperly counted" and "improperly rejected."
This is not the first time Florida becomes the target of scrutiny after an election. In 2000, a nail-biting recount of the state's extremely close numbers between Al Gore and George W. Bush lasted 36 days.