- Jan 8, 2011
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Very good column. I suspect we will see violence after the election no matter who is declared the winner.This article is about 10,000 words, but some of them are worth reading twice:
The Election That Could Break America
"We are accustomed to choosing electors by popular vote, but nothing in the Constitution says it has to be that way.
"Article II provides that each state shall appoint electors 'in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.'
"Since the late 19th century, every state has ceded the decision to its voters.
"Even so, the Supreme Court affirmed in Bush v. Gore that a state 'can take back the power to appoint electors.'
"How and when a state might do so has not been tested for well over a century.
"Trump may test this.
"According to sources in the Republican Party at the state and national levels, the Trump campaign is discussing contingency plans to bypass election results and appoint loyal electors in battleground states where Republicans hold the legislative majority.
"With a justification based on claims of rampant fraud, Trump would ask state legislators to set aside the popular vote and exercise their power to choose a slate of electors directly.
"The longer Trump succeeds in keeping the vote count in doubt, the more pressure legislators will feel to act before the safe-harbor deadline expires".
Some Democrats warn Trump may use 'red mirage' to prematurely declare victory while absentee ballots are being counted
The column fails to discuss Biden’s response should he lose. It’s clear he won’t concede either.