Sunday, December 18, 2016

College Meet

The time has come:
This Monday, electors will convene in each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, to officially designate the next president and vice president.

Following an extraordinarily vitriolic campaign, this step in the electoral process — normally little more than a formality — has been thrust into the spotlight.

– ‘Faithless electors’ –

Historically, electors only rarely defy the expressed wishes of the majority of voters in their district. And never have the votes of these “faithless electors” changed the outcome of a presidential election.

Still, some Democrats — who see a Trump presidency as presenting an existential danger to American democracy — are clinging to the slender hope that a few dozen Republican electors might decide not to vote for their party’s populist leader.

Yet, should that happen, it would be up to the House of Representatives to designate the successor to Barack Obama. And Republicans hold a strong majority there.
of course, this hasn't stopped them from trying. Even former president Jed Bartlett, AKA Martin Sheen, has gotten into the act:

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