Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:21 PM
madokie (49,105 posts)
Could it be possible that when they meet to cast/count the electoral votes, whichever the case is
some of the states say they're giving their electoral votes to rMoney.even thought he didn't get the most votes in that state because the majority of the delegates are pukes and they decide to do that. Can they do that?
Read this from wikipedia and tell me what you think. Hopefully I'm worrying about something I don't need to be worrying about.
This article is about the United States Electoral College. For electoral colleges in general, see Electoral college. For other uses and regions, see Electoral college (disambiguation).
Electoral College map showing the results of the 2012 U.S. presidential election. President Barack Obama (D-IL) won the popular vote in 26 states and the District of Columbia (denoted in blue) to capture 332 electoral votes. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) won the popular vote in 24 states (denoted in red) to capture 206 electoral votes.
Cartogram representation of the Electoral College vote for the 2012 election, with each square representing one electoral vote.
The United States Electoral College is the institution that officially elects the President and Vice President of the United States every four years. The President and Vice President are not elected directly by the voters. Instead, they are elected indirectly by "electors" who are elected by popular vote on a state-by-state basis. Electors are apportioned to each state and the District of Columbia, but not to territorial possessions of the United States, such as Puerto Rico and Guam. The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is entitled. The Twenty-third Amendment has always resulted in the District of Columbia having three electors. There are 538 electors, based on there being 435 representatives and 100 senators, plus the three electors from the District of Columbia.
Electors are pledged to particular presidential and vice presidential candidates, though unpledged electors are possible. In all states, except Maine and Nebraska, electors are elected on a "winner-take-all" basis. That is, all electors pledged to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes in a state become electors for that state. Maine and Nebraska use the "congressional district method", selecting one elector within each congressional district by popular vote and selecting the remaining two electors by a statewide popular vote. Although no elector is required by federal law to honor a pledge, there have only been very few occasions when an elector voted contrary to a pledge*. The Twelfth Amendment specifies how a President and Vice President are elected and requires each elector to cast one vote for President and another vote for Vice President.
Critics argue that the Electoral College is inherently undemocratic and gives swing states disproportionate influence in electing the President and Vice President. The Electoral College gives a numeric advantage in the election of the president to the smaller states, as the minimum number of electors for the small states is three compared to one for the election of representatives. On the other hand, the winner-take-all method of voting favors the larger states. A number of constitutional amendments have been proposed seeking to alter the Electoral College or replace it with a direct popular vote.
*Bolding in mine
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Response to madokie (Original post)
Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:48 PM
dems_rightnow (1,956 posts)
States don't cast electoral votes, electors do. On rare occasions one casts his/her vote in a different manner than where it is pledged, to make a political statement.
Response to madokie (Original post)
Fri Nov 30, 2012, 06:54 PM
former9thward (17,904 posts)
The electors from states Obama won are not Republicans. The electors from states Romney won are not Democrats. Electors are chosen by the candidate's campaign because they are loyal party operatives or large donors. No one is going to change their vote.