AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — On Monday, Maine's four Electoral College Delegates will cast their ballots to officially elect the next president of the United States. But for the first time ever, they are not all from the same political party.
That's because this year, Maine split its electoral votes. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and Congressional District One, giving her three electoral votes. But Republican nominee and ultimately President-Elect Donald Trump won an electoral vote from District Two. That means Maine Republican Chairman Rick Bennett is the only electoral delegate from New England casting a vote from Donald Trump.
Despite pressure from protesters and anti-Trump activists, Bennett says he has no intention of deviate from the will of the people, and he will be voting for Trump on Monday. And he isn't the only delegate from Maine who will not be casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton.
Elector David Bright says he will be voting for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
"The only thing I can do at this point is say, 'Look I know you're frustrated, I hear you,'" said Bright. "I know you really wanted to see a vote for Bernie. The only think I can do is give you one electoral vote for Bernie Sanders."
While Hillary Clinton won Maine in the general election, her rival Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic Caucuses in the Pine Tree State.
Bright also acknowledges that many Democrats are feeling disillusioned by the Electoral College this year, considering Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but lost the White House. He says it's important to remember that the Electoral College was designed to ensure all parts of the country are equally represented.
"I know a lot of people get confused about why we do this," said Bright. "But this is the United States of America. Not the United Peoples of America."
Protests are planned outside the meeting of delegates in Augusta on Monday.