‘We go down fighting:’ Oklahomans beg electors to change votes for Trump

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Huddling together in candlelight, half a dozen people sang in harmony in front of the State Capitol: "This land is my land, this land is your land."

Except the people who gathered on a frigid Sunday night fear the worst for the land they call home, following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency.

"I have a very, very deep concern about the incoming President-Elect and I feel I must do something," said Rhonda Smith. "I have to do what I can do."

Sunday, that meant joining a nationwide movement -- a last ditch effort -- to prevent Trump from taking office.  Smith and others wrote signs meant to sway electors who will cast the country's formal vote in the Electoral College at the Capitol Monday.

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"The Electoral College was created by our forefathers for exactly this kind of situation where someone gets into power who doesn't have America's best interests at heart," Smith said. "I'm not saying it's Clinton that necessarily needs to be president. I'm saying that Trump needs to not be president."

Smith and others plan to be at the Capitol at 9 a.m. Monday morning, prepared to lobby electors as they walk in the building. But the gestures are entirely symbolic in the State of Oklahoma.

A 2013 law expressly prohibits electors from voting against the constituency, and voids such a vote. Anyone who does it anyway will be removed from the position and replaced with someone who will vote that way.

Sen. David Holt (R-Oklahoma City) wrote the law to give "certainty that Oklahomans will always go to sleep on election night believing in our system, with no fear that the whim of one person could reverse their choice," as he wrote in an op-ed after introducing the bill.

Timothy Bradford, a member of the (Alexander) Hamilton Electors, which organized the Sunday event, said even a symbolic rebuke of Trump would make a difference.

"We're out here to be somber, to be unified, to be peaceful, and to remind our electors that they have a solemn duty to uphold the Constitution and select somebody who is fit to do the job -- not somebody who is perhaps threatening to be a tyrant, who was perhaps put in place with the influence of foreign powers," he said. "Even in just the month since he's been president-elect, he's continued to have these outbursts on Twitter. We've seen him dodge responsibilities by not sitting in on security meetings. We've seen him not properly divest of his businesses and whatnot."

Almost everyone in the group acknowledges their effort is a long shot, but they feel it is worthwhile so their voices may be heard.

"I just feel like not a lot of people are listening right now," said Jeremy Sanders, a transgender man who feels alienated by Trump's election. "A lot of people are saying the same things I am. It's not just me."

Andrew McQueen is one of those people.

"As U.S. citizens as a whole we should make our voices be heard and let them know that this can't stand," he said. "What this [vigil] says to me is we've come together in wake of our darkest hour. We go down fighting."

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