Electoral College set to vote on Monday

President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) —  On Monday, the Electoral College will vote to officially determine the President of the United States.

Indiana’s 11 electors will vote at 10:00 a.m. at the Statehouse. Indiana Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, will preside over the meeting.

Since the election, there have been protests around the country, asking the Electoral College to vote for someone other than President-elect Donald Trump. At least one Republican elector from Texas publicly said he would not vote for Donald Trump.

To add to the controversy, is the role that Russia may have played in the 2016 election. Politicians and some electors are asking for the Electoral College vote to be delayed until electors can be briefed on the situation.
Some democrats are calling on Congress to delay the vote until the electors can be briefed.

“All we ask is for that information to be released. It appears that information is not going to be released. That’s why when we vote [Monday] in the Electoral College, I’ll be putting forth a motion, a call for a bipartisan independent commission to investigate Russian interference,” said Clay Pell, a Democratic Rhode Island Elector.

The intelligence community has said it will not discuss Russia’s involvement until a review ordered by President Obama is completed. Republican Senator John McCain is calling for a committee to investigate the CIA’s finding that Russia hacked Democrats’ emails.

“I’ve seen no evidence that the voting machines who were tampered with, I’ve seen no evidence that the election would have been different. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Russians and others, the Chinese to a lesser degree, have been able to interfere with our electoral process, whether how serious it is and whether it would have effected the outcome of the election or not is the reason why we need to have a select committee. This is serious business. If they’re able to harm the electoral process, then they may destroy democracy, which is based on free and fair elections,” said McCain.

On Sunday, Donald Trump tweeted about the controversy surrounding the election results.

If my many supporters acted and threatened people like those who lost the election are doing, they would be scorned & called terrible names!

If everything goes as planned, the electors meet in each state on Monday and then send their votes to Washington. On Jan. 6th, Congress will count the votes and Vice President Joe Biden will announce the official winner.