Here's what the Trump protesters are hoping will happen

Trump protesters in NYC
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Protesters objecting to the election of Donald Trump took to the streets for the third night Friday in cities across America. Chief among their demands is an upset in the Electoral College: In some states, electors can vote for a candidate other than the one selected by a majority of voters in their state without facing legal consequences.

Protesters hope "faithless electors" will support Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote. Though some electors have been faithless in the past, never have enough changed their vote to alter the outcome of a presidential election. As Snopes put it, such a turn of events is "extremely, extremely unlikely" and would be "wholly unprecedented in American history and would require a sudden and drastic change in the United States' political traditions."

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