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Electoral College gears up for vote Monday

In this Nov. 1, 2016 photo, a voter is reflected in the glass frame of a poster while leaving a polling site in Atlanta, during early voting ahead of the Nov. 8 Election Day. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - For some, Election Day seems like a lifetime ago. But there is still one final order of business: 538 electors must make it official.

“It is remarkably rare that we are ever talking about the Electoral College after an election. This is an election like no other in American history,” said Jeremy Mayer, an associate professor at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government.

One reason for that is the new findings about Russia’s role in the election.

“I would characterize it as a thinly disguised covert operation intended to discredit the American election,” said former CIA Director Bob Gates on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

Pressure is mounting on some electors, like Michigan elector Michael Banerian, whose mailbox is overloaded with letters from people around the country begging him not to vote for President-elect Donald Trump.

"I've had death wishes, people just saying, 'I hope you die.' 'Do society a favor, throw yourself in front of a bus,'" Banerian said in an interview.

Some in the Electoral College said they wanted more information, specifically about Russian hacking. They won’t get a classified briefing and some lawmakers said for good reason.

“The notion that you’re going to go down some other path and suddenly brief in a classified setting the electors of the Electoral College and then in secret they’re going to cast their ballots and maybe overturn an election, nothing would undermine our democracy and the voters' determination more,” said Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., in an interview.

Those on the Trump team say it’s time to move on.

“What the Democrats ought to do is look in the mirror and face the reality that they lost the election,” said Reince Priebus, incoming chief of staff for the Trump Administration.


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