Who Really Elects The President?

Posted on October 16, 2012

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The ABCs of The Electoral College

Who’s Behind The Curtain?

I know its hard to look at but really try. The Electoral College is what/who elects the President, not really you or I. Do you know who your Electoral College voters are? Did you know when it all comes down to it, they can vote for whomever they want?

According to Wikipedia, The United States or more accurately stated THE UNITED STATES (cause its a corporation), is evidently the only CURRENT EXAMPLE OF AN INDIRECTLY ELECTED PRESIDENT.

States are won by the popular vote (which is what they call what you and I do when we vote). The Electoral College votes are then cast for the State based on who wins the popular vote in that State, most of the time. Then the President of the Senate counts the votes Jan 6, 2013.

Some States have a law requiring the Elector to vote in accordance with the results of the popular vote, but not all (and none of these laws have ever been enforced). Electors have voted at least 158 times not in accordance with the popular vote. So when it comes down to it an Elector can vote as they wish. No vote has ever been overturned according to even when there was a State Law in place “binding” the Electoral voter.

From Wikipedia —http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_college
Countries with complex regional electorates may elect a head of state by means of an electoral college rather than a direct popular election. The United States is the only current example of an indirectly elected executive president, with an electoral college comprising electors representing the 50 states and the federal district. Each state has a number of electors equal to its total Congressional representation (in both houses), with the non-state District of Columbia receiving three electors and other non-state territories having no electors.

What is the Electoral College?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_(United_States)

http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/about.html

http://votesmart.org/education/electoral-college#.UH278O3DiY8.

Why is it a Problem?  http://www.minnpost.com/eric-black-ink/2012/10/10-reasons-why-electoral-college-problem

Presidential Electoral College Votes by State
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Choropath_Map_2012a.svg&page=1

Summary of Key Dates for the 2012 Presidential Election

June-October 2012
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/key-dates.html

State Official Rules
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/officials.html

When/How Are The Electoral College Members Elected?
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/officials.html#appointing

http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/the-electoral-college.aspx

There is no federal law or constitutional provision requiring electors to vote for the nominating party. However, some States have “bound the Electors” and passed laws requiring this. http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/electors.html

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What About Abolishing The Electoral College?

—State Legislatures (2/3 of all States) can petition Congress for a Constitutional Convention.  Note: any part of the Constitution could be amended at this time.

—Amendment to The Constitution

Congress can propose an amendment (with a 2/3 vote in the House and Senate)

Then it must be ratified by State Legislatures (3/4 of all states).

More info at: http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/the-electoral-college.aspx#abolish

If the electoral votes are a tie —
The House of Representatives takes a vote with each State having one vote.
http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_ec.htm  
http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/about.html

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2012 CALIFORNIA ELECTORS (55 members)

One Elector is appointed by Senator Boxer, Senator Feinstein, and the 53 Congressional Nominees = 55
Each will vote on December 17, 2012 to cast their votes for President and Vice-President.

LIST OF ELECTORS: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/2012-elections/nov-general/pdf/list-presidential-electors.pdf

California Secretary of State Website: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_ec.htm

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