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Protesters gather at Oregon State Capitol for electoral vote

Posted: Updated: Dec 19, 2016 12:38 PM
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Electors nationwide will formally cast their votes for the 45th president of the United States on Monday.

There have been rallies across the country, including in Oregon, where a group gathered on the steps of the State Capitol Building on Monday morning.

Protesters are asking Republican electors not to vote for Donald Trump.

They believe the election wasn't fair due to claims from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia used cyberattacks to try to interfere in the election in Trump's favor.

All seven electors in Oregon voted for Hillary Clinton, who won the state in last month's election. The electors also objected for the record during the ceremony in the Oregon Senate chambers to alleged interference in the elections by Russia, according to the Associated Press. 

Protesters want to see Republican electors in other states change their votes but it would take 38 electors switching in order for Clinton to be elected president.

Political analysts say there's a slim chance of that happening.

Some Trump electors could choose not to vote or they could vote for a third party candidate.

If enough electors did that and denied Trump the number of electoral votes he needs to win, the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by a Republican majority, would choose the next president.

Oregon's electors are scheduled to vote at 11 a.m. in the Senate chambers.

Oregon's secretary of state will preside over the vote, which is open to the public.

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