Last week Al Gore said he favors eliminating the electoral college. According to this article in The Hill, on December 5 he endorsed the national popular vote plan.
Christopher Suprun, a Texas Republican presidential elector, writes in this op-ed that he will not vote for Donald Trump on December 19. The op-ed is on-line at the New York Times, and perhaps will be in the paper edition on December 6. Thanks to Political Wire for the link.
On December 5, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two racial gerrymandering cases, one from North Carolina and one from Virginia. The North Carolina transcript is here. That case is McCrory v Harris.
Here is the transcript of the argument in the Virginia case, Bethune-Hill v Virginia State Board of Elections. Thanks to Scotusblog for the links.
UPDATE: here is the New York Times story about the arguments.
On December 5, Jim Byrne told the press that he has left the Republican Party and joined the Libertarian Party. He is an elected County Board member for Kankakee County, Illinois. The county has partisan elections for County Board. The board now has 21 Republicans, 6 Democrats, and one Libertarian.
He was just re-elected as a Republican a month ago, and has a four-year term.
The only unsettled race for Governor is now settled. On December 5, North Carolina Republican Governor Roy McCrory conceded that his Democratic opponent, Roy Cooper, won. Thanks to Election Law Blog for this news.
On December 5, Jill Stein filed in U.S. District Court to get a Pennsylvania recount. Here is the complaint. The case is Stein v Cortes, 2:16cv-6287.
At the end of the business day on December 5, the only action had been a request by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania to intervene in the case.