Wyoming’s three republican presidential electors, as well as others nationwide, will cast their votes Monday to officially select the next president of the United States.
A total of 538 electors are expected to cast their votes for either incumbent President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden, based on the popular votes in their states.
Wyoming voted overwhelmingly for President Trump, with 70 percent of the votes going for the incumbent with only 27 percent for Biden, according to the election results.
Wyoming’s electors are expected to follow the popular vote and cast their votes for President Trump today at noon at the Wyoming Capitol. However, that doesn’t mean they necessarily will.
The state electors are not required to vote for a pledged candidate and face no penalty under Wyoming law, meaning that they could vote for Biden if they so choose with no repercussions, according to Fair Vote.com.
If any of Wyoming’s three electors do choose to vote for Biden, they will become what is known as a faithless elector, a state presidential elector that does not follow the popular vote of their state’s people.
But faithless electors are rare. During the 2016 elections, only seven of the 538 presidential electors went against the popular vote in their states, which was the most since 1972 and the first time since the 2004 elections, according to Wyoming Public Media.
During the 2016 elections, two electors from Texas moved away from a pro-Trump vote and selected John Kasich, then-Governor of Ohio.
Wyoming has never had a faithless elector as far she knows, according to Monique Meese, communications and police director for the Wyoming Secretary of State’s Office.