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Protesters Voice Anti-Trump Message To Electoral College

Posted at 11:18 PM, Dec 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 00:29:09-05

Nearly 50 people braved the cold and gathered on the capitol steps to send a message to Tennessee’s electors.

"They have a difficult decision to make, and we want to let them know that we are here for them and we’ll build them up. We want to let them know to put a lot of consideration and vote their conscience," protester Laura Gilbert said.

The group met Sunday hoping the eleven state Electoral College members would vote for a presidential candidate on Monday other than Donald Trump.

Tennessee's eleven electors have been set to cast their votes for president and vice president on Monday.

They do not necessarily have to vote according to their state's popular voting results.

Trump received the popular vote in Tennessee, but Gilbert said she hopes for a different outcome.

"It's about finding someone who's fit for office, is not under foreign influence, and who has the best interest for this country, mine and not just their own," Gilbert said.

Tennessee's electors have pledged to vote for Trump and Vice-President elect Mike Pence.

"I hope that they just won't put a rubber stamp on the election," protester Whitney Hallberg said.