The Electoral College and It's Electors

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The Electoral College is a process and electors are our representatives within that process

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    Why must we do this? Why are so many people so ignorant of the basics, given that anyone online here has access to a myriad of search engines?

    Are there restrictions on who the Electors can vote for?

    There is no Constitutional provision or Federal law that requires Electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their states. Some states, however, require Electors to cast their votes according to the popular vote. These pledges fall into two categories—Electors bound by state law and those bound by pledges to political parties.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the Constitution does not require that Electors be completely free to act as they choose and therefore, political parties may extract pledges from electors to vote for the parties' nominees. Some state laws provide that so-called "faithless Electors" may be subject to fines or may be disqualified for casting an invalid vote and be replaced by a substitute elector. The Supreme Court has not specifically ruled on the question of whether pledges and penalties for failure to vote as pledged may be enforced under the Constitution. No Elector has ever been prosecuted for failing to vote as pledged.

    Today, it is rare for Electors to disregard the popular vote by casting their electoral vote for someone other than their party's candidate. Electors generally hold a leadership position in their party or were chosen to recognize years of loyal service to the party. Throughout our history as a nation, more than 99 percent of Electors have voted as pledged.
    - U. S. Electoral College: Who Are the Electors? How Do They Vote?

    The Electoral College

    What is the Electoral College?

    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.
    - U. S. Electoral College, Official - What is the Electoral College?

    We appear to be too easily susceptible to the alarmist and anarchistic voices within our society. While their voices are not many, they are loud; and with the development of the web, they have become ubiquitous.

    The ignorance of far too many people is what is infecting our ailing democratic system. Our republic cannot stand much longer, if the current deterioration in our representative democratic system continues. Most people agree that an educated, as well as an informed public is necessary to a healthy polity. I would argue that alone is not enough. I believe we need a basic critical thinking skill set, mixed with a serious dose of healthy skepticism, in order to halt and then repair the deterioration of our systems and the processes we use. We could do this by starting with some basic civics lessons.
     
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    In addition many states allow for the removal of faithless electors with one of the chosen alternate electors. Further, most electors are chosen from the most loyal of party membership to begin with.

    What is treasonous is the left's attempt to undermine our system of government for the purposes of overturning an electoral landslide and undermining a new president.
     
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    Basic civics lessons
     
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    Basic civics lessons
     
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    Repeating posts = spam
     
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    I'm missing your point here.

    or, did you even have one?
     
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    Why do you hate people who supported Ronald Reagan


    Faithless elector - Wikipedia

    In 1976, Reagan challenged incumbent President Gerald Ford in a bid to become the Republican Party's candidate for president. Reagan soon established himself as the conservative candidate with the support of like-minded organizations such as the American Conservative Union which became key components of his political base, while President Ford was considered a more moderate Republican.[28] Though Reagan lost the Republican nomination, he received 307 write-in votes in New Hampshire, 388 votes as an Independent on Wyoming's ballot, and a single electoral vote from a faithless elector in the November election from the state of Washington,[29] which Ford had won over Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter. Ford ultimately lost the general election to Carter. - Electoral history of Ronald Reagan - Wikipedia
     
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    go away troll. If you see a simple double click and try it make it into something else, you are in serious violation of the rules. Do not attempt to hijack this thread with your spiteful little mind
     
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    The point is how ignorant most people are on the subjects they spend enormous bandwidth on
     
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    I do wish you folks would quit calling it an electoral "landslide." He won far less EV's than any president for decades. He won, but could you quit calling it a "landslide?"
     
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