Christmas cards, packages, handwritten letters – all in an effort to sway Jonathan Barnett’s vote in the Electoral College.
“I have been strong on the U.S. mail, I’ve got a few boxes full of letters,” said Barnett.
The President of the Arkansas Electoral College said voters from Arkansas and all over the country are more involved this year than when Barnett was an elector in the 2012 election.
“This year’s different. More polarizing, people a little bit more involved in the process, people are taking a lot more notice, people seem to care a lot more, and they have strong opinions both ways,” said Barnett. “You have a lot of people that didn’t want to accept the results of the electoral college. Because of that, we’ve gotten lots of emails, lots of letters, lots of attention, people have gotten pretty emotional about this issue. We’ve had several members that have gotten 60 and 70 thousand emails.”
Arkansas is one of only 21 states where electors can vote his or her conscience.
Legally, there’s nothing binding them to cast a ballot along part lines. Rather, the six chosen electors sign a pledge to back the party candidate.
“This is how we elect the president and the vice president of our country. Your word is your bond and so you don’t go break your word just because you feel something different all of a sudden,” said Barnett.
They did just that – voting unanimously for the Trump-Pence ticket.
Barnett said even if you don’t agree with the election results, now is the time to write your legislators and get involved.
“We’ve got too many people sitting on the sidelines that don’t engage and we need more people engaging in the process you know, people can make a difference,” said Barnett.