MOLINE, Illinois - Members of the Electoral College will soon cast their state's ballot from this year's presidential election and they could be met with protests.
Protesters are set to meet in state capitols nationwide next Monday, December 19th. They're trying to persuade enough electors to abandon commitments to vote for Donald Trump but protesters might not get what they are hoping for.
You may have thought you voted for president but you didn't. Your vote in Iowa helped Donald Trump win the state's six electoral votes and your vote in Illinois helped Hillary Clinton win the state's 20 electoral votes. One of those 20 voters lives in the Quad Cities.
Democrat Don Johnston will head to Springfield Monday to cast his vote for Hillary Clinton. While the democrats seem united some republican electors have been urged to cast votes against Trump.
Johnston says even though Clinton won the popular vote but won't become president he is still a believer in the Electoral College process.
“I think it's the wisest way if you think back to the founders of the country. It was an ingenious method. I don't think all the votes are even counted yet which means if you went by popular vote entirely you probably still wouldn't know who the president and vice president are at this point. I think it's the fairest way,” says Johnston.
Millions of people disagree. They've signed a change.org petition calling on electors to ignore their state's vote and cast their ballots for Clinton.
Johnston says that's unlikely to happen.
A poll out this month shows more Americans now support keeping the Electoral College unchanged. The Gallup poll shows 49% of Americans want to amend the constitution and get rid of the Electoral College but 47-percent want to keep the system as is.
Compare that to just four years ago when 62% of those surveyed wanted it gone and only a third of Americans supported it.