Texas Republican Elector Resigns to Avoid Voting Trump

His dilemma underscores the current controversy surrounding the concept of the Electoral College.

The Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas, where Texas electors will meet on December 19 to cast their ballots.

By Liberty McArtor Published on November 28, 2016

A Texas Republican elector announced Saturday his decision to resign, concluding that to vote for Trump “would bring dishonor to God.”

In a lengthy blog post, Art Sisneros explored the original intent of the Electoral College, the difference between a democracy and a republic, and explained his conscientious objection to voting for President-elect Donald Trump. 

He writes:

I do not see how Donald Trump is biblically [sic] qualified to serve in the office of the Presidency. Of the hundreds of angry messages that I have received, not one has made a convincing case from scripture otherwise. If Trump is not qualified and my role, both morally and historically, as an elected official is to vote my conscience, then I can not and will not vote for Donald Trump for President. I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God. 

Sisneros said he ultimately arrived at the decision to resign rather than become a “faithless elector” by voting for another candidate. Sisneros claimed that electors are supposed to represent the best interest of the people, and, “It is my conviction that the greatest danger to my district is not a Hillary or Trump Presidency, but it is the judgement of God.”

He also claims that a vote against Trump would violate the pledge he took upon being elected — a pledge in which he promised to vote for the GOP nominee — the signing of which he now claims was wrong.

It was not the first time Sisneros was publicly critical of Trump; he was quoted in Politico expressing discomfort about casting his vote for the now president-elect as early as August. Sisneros now writes that he believes Trump will win anyway, and that the Republican party will fill his spot with someone who will vote for the president-elect on December 19, the day electors are set to vote.

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  • Jim Walker

    Does Voting Hillary honor God ? are Hillary, Gary and Jill biblically qualified ? Hundreds of angry messages – the only ones I see are from Hillary Supporters spewing “Love Trumps Hate”, together with “F*** Trump” and “R*** Melania”.
    This Elector is either Holier than Thou and/or have some brain damaged.

    • Joseph

      not at all. Hillary is worse than Trump. Trump may not be perfect as hes done some stuff in past that he shouldn’t have but at least his views are closer to those of the Bible than Hillary’s. nothing Hillary does is biblical or Honors God. she may think it does but it does not. she is deluded.

      • alir1

        Why in the world do you think Mrs. Clinton is worse than Trump? She was once a Republiican, but then became a hippy trying to change the world and stood up against Viet Nam. Then she did much pro bono work for children’s causes and poverty. I may have not favored her response to me to contact me representative, but She HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY. IS SHE AN ANGEL? Everyone in government has scars and skeletons. But SHE FEELS AND HAS GREAT EXPERIENCE. Even foreign regimes says she is both on the ball and they are willing to work with her. She doesn’t lie to get into position, such as Trump does.
        Really…it seems many White Men are women haters so they look for anything imperfect. But she wouldn’t raise taxes or privatize social security. Nor would she leave 20, million without health insurance and pension funds. It is clear white men, especially business owners …are women haters. Just look how Trump talks about them…only to recant later. Trump isn’t going to try Mrs. Clinton because 1) they are actually friends and 2) She’s done nothing that illegal…Trump just painted that perception to win. You just want to believe she is guilty of something…even though Trump proved she is not.

        • Wayne Cook

          “She’s done nothing that illegal”???
          Hillary was never exonerated. The FBI decided simply not to indict her. The Clintons are under two ongoing criminal investigations today. One for money laundering, the other for sex trafficking underage children in the hundreds.

          “It is clear white men, especially business owners…are women haters.”
          The feminist movement has driven more men to stay single, and it had nothing to do with hating women…in fact, there is an article on this site discussing that very matter. You are very sadly ignorant both of facts and Clinton’s background, including the number of women’s lives she has ruined, including the history of abortion which she demands must be paid for by taxpayer money.

          Trump has nothing to do with “proved she is not”. You must be one of the small minority of people in the US who missed his statement in the debates, “If I were President, she’d be in jail”.

          The Clinton family has been shown through the trail of evidence back to the twelve year old girl her client raped, that she herself hates women, and is one of the most eggregious mob families in history.

          She absolutely did lie and has all her life. Where in the world have you been for the last 30 years???

  • Paul

    Art Sisneros makes some good points regarding the founders intent and how far we’ve drifted. Unfortunately his message will be mostly ignored. The 17th Amendment to the Constitution reflects the problem as well, undermining the State govts representation at the Fed level.

  • alir1

    His message should not be ignored. He is correct and his sediments should be resonated through us-loud and clear to the supreme court and Executive and legislative branches that anyone who assists turning our democracy over to supremacist, radical types should be prosecuted as under treason as we know full well that our nation has declared war against radical, supremacists. Our declared war against Isis/Isil is proof of this! This ain’t over yet and I -for one- ain’t ever giving up on my people!

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