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Author: Subject: FYI: What Happens In The Extremely Unlikely Scenario The USA Electoral College Goes Rogue
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[*] Post 505786 posted on 17-12-2016 at 19:08 Reply With Quote
FYI: What Happens In The Extremely Unlikely Scenario The USA Electoral College Goes Rogue



FYI: What Happens In The Extremely Unlikely Scenario The USA Electoral College Goes Rogue

For all those of you across the ponds whose mouth is still agape at the outcome of the USA presidential election, your last chance to hope against hope for a reversal is near at hand. So, if you're not up to speed re the USA constitution, here goes nothing--From CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/16/politics/clinton-trump-electoral-college/index.html

OK, I'll give you the first few paragraphs verbatim c & p, but you really do have the read this lengthy article for the full 9 yds re the technical, and yes, perfectly legal, details of 3 theoretically possible scenarios (and please, do try to put your imagination 'on hold' re legal precedent--precedent is for scholars; it means naught for the true values/agenda of the kinds of folks who, unfortunately, get elected to public office:


Donald Trump is busy building his Cabinet and planning his agenda, but he isn't really, officially going to be President quite yet. One of the peculiarities of American democracy is that it's a group of 538 "electors" -- members of the Electoral College -- in this nation of 318 million who actually pick the president.

They'll do it, meeting in their respective states, on December 19th. The outcome is a foregone conclusion, but there is room, however small, for a surprise: an uprising, as called for by some Democrats and even some Republicans, of "faithless electors."

None of the electors are constitutionally bound to follow the will of the people they represent, and so in this bizarre election (and post-election) season, an arcane system that was established at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 could -- and this is very unlikely, but could legally -- go rogue and potentially deny Trump the presidency.
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[*] Post 505788 posted on 17-12-2016 at 20:38 Reply With Quote


Thanks for that, Jack, just out of curiosity, has the precedent ever been set and gone down that road?
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[*] Post 505792 posted on 17-12-2016 at 21:51 Reply With Quote


It has previously happened that an elector did not vote in agreement with the prevailing vote of his state. As I recall, his vote was counted as he voted, not as the state directed him to vote.

But, it made no difference to the outcome.
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