Well apparently I'm all grown up now and as such I'm supposed to know certain things. So this blog is where I am going to share some of those things that I've learned, been made aware of, discovered, or that I now feel as a result of my being All Grown Up. (or maybe just where I post random stuff)
There is no Constitutional provision or Federal law requiring electors to vote in accordance with the popular vote in their States. And 24 States accounting for 257 electoral college votes are not bound by State Law to cast their vote for a specific candidate. This can lead to the issue of so-called “faithless voters” and the potential controversy highlighted in the below quote from a CNN article talking about the possibility of an Electoral tie in the upcoming election.
"In the course of writing a book on presidential electors, [Robert] Alexander [an Electoral College expert at Ohio Northern University] interviewed more than half of the electors who participated in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections. Of the 2004 group, 10% said they considered voting for someone other than to whom they were pledged. In 2008, 11% said the same.
Many told Alexander they were lobbied or pressured by someone to change their allegiance — sometimes in person, sometimes by anonymous e-mails and phone calls — in the period between Election Day and mid-December, when the Electoral College votes.”
After much research and hours spent reading official federal and state documents that detail the electoral college process I have come to the simple conclusion that it is way past time for us to be talking about revamping the electoral college process.
As it is right now, the election in November is actually a vote for the nominating committee. Individuals nominated by their party or running as independents are backed by a set of electors submitted to the state legislature. The general election is actually a vote for one of the sets of electors. The electors then conduct the actual election of the president by submitting their votes in December.
Since the groups of electors that are supposed to represent each candidate cannot be our elected state representatives and are instead chosen by executive committees at state conventions it is even more important we pay attention to who we are electing in our local and state elections because of the role they play in making these selections.