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Who elects president?

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Rodney Fox on July 23, 2018

The citizens of the country. ________________________ In the united States of America, the citizens vote for a list of "electors", or of the representatives in the Electoral College. To cast their vote for "A Candidate", what you are REALLY doing is voting for an elector in his congressional district who will represent your vote. The electors meet in the Electoral College in late December and elect the President, and the elector, the vote is final and unappealable. There is no mechanism to ensure that the elector votes for your candidate, and "faithless electors" once in a while to vote for someone other than the candidate pledged. So far, no "faithless elector" has ever changed the outcome of an election, but it is at least possible that this could occur, especially in a very close election. I imagine that Mr. Smith and Mr. Jones are running for President, and that the country is almost divided; that the election is decided by a small state. (Each State has at least three electors, representing two senators and one representative. Populous states like Texas and California may have 50 or more). I imagine that Mr. Smith wins the election, but that in the following weeks it was discovered that the alcoholic, or cheated on his wife, or in your tax return. One or two "faithless electors" IN any part of THE NATION could cast their electoral college vote in his place to Mr. Jones - and change the outcome of the election. In this circumstance, the Lord Faithless Elector might be taken as a traitor, but it could be celebrated as a hero. Surely it would have precipitated a constitutional crisis, but the results of Mr. Jones' election would be completely legal. In fact, one or two "faithless electors" in a very close to the election could vote for a third-party candidate, which may deprive either candidate of an electoral majority. In this case, the election will be decided in the house of Representatives, and that can have VERY different results from what the voters had intended. (MORE)


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