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Undermining the Electoral College

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 7:48
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As far as I know, no electors pledged to DJT are at risk of going faithless. That said, a half a dozen Democrats pledged to Hillary are trying to start a wave that knocks down the electoral college.

Even the most optimistic among the Democratic electors acknowledges they’re unlikely to convince the necessary 37 Republican electors to reject Trump — the number they’d likely need to deny him the presidency and send the final decision to the House of Representatives. And even if they do, the Republican-run House might simply elect Trump anyway.

But the Democratic electors are convinced that even in defeat, their efforts would erode confidence in the Electoral College and fuel efforts to eliminate it, ending the body’s 228-year run as the only official constitutional process for electing the president. With that goal in mind, the group is also contemplating encouraging Democratic electors to oppose Hillary Clinton and partner with Republicans in support of a consensus pick like Mitt Romney or John Kasich.

There are different ways to amend the constitution, all of which require buy-in from a super-majority of states. It seems unlikely that many states out here in the hinterland are going to be inclined to vote away their influence and elect to become the colonial provinces of the coastal states. I am not sure these folks get that.

Let’s hope the president elect gets it.

More at Politico.


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