Will Republican State Legislators simply APPOINT Their EC Electors if no Clear Results?


Old Fogey
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Sep 25, 2011
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Fredericksburg, VA
I find this interesting. There is no requirement in the Constitution that the electors be given over to the winning candidate in their state. The Legislatures of the state can vote to form a slate of electors in any manner they wish.

If the GOP controls the legislature, but the governor is a scum sucking Democrat who is trying to stall or wreck the election process, I say go for it and present a slate of electors that are DJT supporters.

The Atlantic reported Wednesday that Republicans are investigating contingency plans in which Republican-held legislatures would appoint members of the Electoral College if their states’ voting results were still in doubt weeks after Election Day.
Barton Gellman wrote: “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.”
Gellman provided a sinister spin: “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.”
Hollywood celebrities expressed their alarm, warning that the Atlantic article proves Trump plans to become a “dictator”:
Andy Gad: I don’t think the country realizes how close we are to being the doorstep of Authoritarian rule. If this happens, the grand experiment is over. The Republic ends. This is evil. This is madness. This is unconstitutional. This is fucking insane. ...
But in every case, it is the Trump campaign that is pushing for votes to be counted as soon as possible, and Democrats who are pushing for longer deadlines for the submission and counting of mail-in ballots, as well as relaxed standards for ballots.
Moreover, Gellman acknowledged that the alleged Republican effort is entirely constitutional. Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution says: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.”
Therefore, if Democrats try to use an uncertain popular vote to throw the election in doubt — and with Joe Biden’s campaign openly boasting that it has recruited at least 600 lawyers to fight over the count — Republicans can short-circuit that effort.


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Sep 4, 2014
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Trump alluded to this outcome today. The senate of each state can choose the Electoral College electors if their ballot counts are incomplete. 36 state legislatures are controlled by republicans and the sum totals of these states can give Trump the win. Three of the battle ground states have Republican senates but have democrat governors. These three states legislatures can assign their EC electors if their ballot counts are incomplete.

Pelosie will never see the White House except from the outside.. This will be over by Dec 14th as no state will want to lose its EC electors status.

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