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Nearly 5 million people think Clinton should be president despite decisive Election Day defeat

Scranton, PA - AUGUST 15: Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a rally with Vice President Joe Biden at Riverfront Sports athletic facility on August 15, 2016 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton focused her speech on the economy and bringing jobs to the key swing state of Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Nearly five million people have signed a petition on change.org urging the presidential electors to choose Democrat Hillary Clinton over President-elect Donald Trump as the next commander-in-chief later this month.

The petition alleges that Trump "has not been elected president," while calling on "conscientious electors" — at least 149 of them — to ignore the way their state voted, and instead cast their vote for Clinton.

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"His scapegoating of so many Americans, and his impulsivity, bullying, lying, admitted history of sexual assault, and utter lack of experience make him a danger to the republic," the petition reads. "There is no reason Trump should be president."

"If electors vote against their party, they usually pay a fine. And people get mad. But they can vote however they want and there is no legal means to stop them in most states."

The petition goes on to cite Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and words he wrote in the Federal Papers as reasoning why the Electoral College should ignore the will of the people in many states in order to elect Clinton.

The man who started the petition, Daniel Brezenoff, also argues that Clinton should be president because she won the popular vote. Brezenoff, however, fails to reconcile how then the votes of many millions of Americans in smaller populated states — such as Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, North and South Dakota, Alaska — could have their voices heard.

More than 4.7 million people have signed the petition as of Saturday afternoon.

Still, it isn't the first challenge to Trump's decisive Election Day victory. The Green Party's Jill Stein has initiated vote recounts in three massively important states to Trump: Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The recounts, though, aren't expected to change the outcome of the election.

Electoral College electors meet on Dec. 19 to officially vote for president. It is not expected that Trump will lose the vote, as he won the majority of electors — more than 300 of the 538.

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