A Texas Republican has said he will resign as a member of the Electoral College because he cannot vote for President-elect Donald Trump in good conscience.
Art Sisneros wrote in a blog post that he doesn’t see “how Donald Trump is biblically qualified to serve in the office of the Presidency.”
“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,” Sisneros wrote. “I believe voting for Trump would bring dishonor to God.”
Sisneros wrote that he wrestled with what the best course of action for him to take would be before he ultimately decided to resign. “The reality is Trump will be our President, no matter what my decision is,” he added.
He went on:
Since I can’t in good conscience vote for Donald Trump, and yet have sinfully made a pledge that I would, the best option I see at this time is to resign my position as an Elector.
This will allow the remaining body of Electors to fill my vacancy when they convene on Dec 19 with someone that can vote for Trump. The people will get their vote… I will sleep well at night knowing I neither gave in to their demands nor caved to my convictions.
Sisneros argued that the Electoral College has been “corrupted from its original intent” and is now more indicative of a democracy than of the republic the Founding Fathers intended.
Politico notes that Sisneros has previously criticized Trump and “said as recently as last week that he still hadn't decided how to cast his electoral vote.”
The Electoral College will cast their ballots for president on Dec. 19.