There is a movement afoot to stop CONGRESS from ratifying the Electoral College
vote count, if Congress refused to ratify the count it would prevent Obama from
being sworn in for a second term as President.
Reports that thousands of Military
votes went missing and were not counted coupled with numerous reports of
voter fraud has precipitated this movement.
Foiling the Electoral College Process What is the Electoral
The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The
founding fathers established it in the Constitution
as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and
election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.
The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President
and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.
The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority
of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s
entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its
Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives
plus two for your Senators. Read more about the allocation of electoral votes.
Under the 23rd Amendment of the Constitution, the District of Columbia is allocated
3 electors and treated like a state for purposes of the Electoral College. For
this reason, in the following discussion, the word “state” also refers to the
District of Columbia.
The presidential election is held every four years on the
Tuesday after the first Monday in November. You help choose your state’s
electors when you vote for President because when you vote for your candidate
you are actually voting for your candidate’s electors.
Most states have a “winner-take-all” system that awards all
electors to the winning presidential candidate. However, Maine and Nebraska
each have a variation of “proportional representation.” Read more about the allocation of Electors among the states and try to predict the outcome of the Electoral College vote.
The meeting of the electors takes place on the first Monday
after the second Wednesday in December after the presidential election. The
electors meet in their respective states, where they cast their votes for
President and Vice President on separate ballots. Your state’s electors’ votes
are recorded on a “Certificate of Vote,” which is prepared at the meeting by the
electors. Your state’s Certificates of Votes are sent to the Congress and the
National Archives as part of the official records of the presidential election.
See the key dates for the 2012 election and information about the roles and responsibilities of state
officials and the Congress
in the Electoral College process.
Each state’s electoral votes are counted in a joint session
of Congress on the 6th of January in the year following the meeting of the
electors. Members of the House and Senate meet in the House chamber to conduct
the official tally of electoral votes. See the key dates for the 2012 election and information about the role and responsibilities of Congress
in the Electoral College process.
The Vice President, as President of the Senate, presides
over the count and announces the results of the vote. The President of the
Senate then declares which persons, if any, have been elected President and
Vice President of the United States.
The President-Elect takes the oath of office and
is sworn in as President of the United States on January 20th in the year
following the Presidential election.
Responsibilities in the Electoral College Process
The Office of the Federal Register coordinates the functions of the Electoral College on
behalf of the Archivist of the United States, the States, the Congress, and the
American People. The Office of the Federal Register operates as an intermediary
between the governors and secretaries of state of the States and the Congress.
It also acts as a trusted agent of the Congress in the sense that it is
responsible for reviewing the legal sufficiency of the certificates before the
House and Senate accept them as evidence of official State action.