Pennsylvania Elector Faces Orchestrated Pressure — Carolyn Bunny Welsh, who is Chester County sheriff and one of Pennsylvania’s 20 electors for Donald Trump and Mike Pence, is getting swamped with letters, emails and phone calls demanding she not vote for the victorious Republican ticket.
The demands are coming to her home and office, and to her personal and business accounts.
She has received thousands over the last three days and she no longer even bothers checking her voice mail.
“It’s harassment,” she said. She had to assign an assistant to specifically deal with the onslaught until Chester County’s I.T. staff developed new filters.
She says most of the messages asked that she vote for Hillary Clinton although many merely wanted her to abstain or vote for another person.
She said the messages are clearly orchestrated. One sender even inadvertently included a form to follow.
She said the messages started as trickle on Wednesday and then exploded.
She said that none she received could be construed as threats and most were generally respectful. She said some implied, though, she’d be a racist or misogynist for voting for Trump.
She said many claimed to be minorities or gays and begged to be protected from Trump.
The plan is to keep Trump from getting the 270 electoral votes need to take office.
It is not going to work.
“I don’t get it,” she said. “What do they expect to accomplish?”
Pennsylvania is one of 21 states whose electors are not bound by law, so the Keystone contingent can expect the spamming to continue until Trump and Pence officially become president and vice president when the Electoral College votes on Dec. 19.
“It’s normally just a ceremonial thing and a great honor,” she said.