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Mon Mar 30, 2020, 07:23 PM

COVID 19 and the Electoral College

Electoral College & Indecisive Elections

“…and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President…”
— U.S. Constitution, Article II, section 1, clause 3

Congress Decides: 1877
The contested 1876 presidential election between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio and Democrat Samuel J. Tilden of New York was the last to require congressional intervention. Tilden won the popular vote and the electoral count. But Republicans challenged the results in three Southern states, which submitted certificates of election for both candidates. While the Constitution requires the House and Senate to formally count the certificates of election in joint session, it is silent on what Congress should do to resolve disputes. In January 1877, Congress established the Federal Electoral Commission to investigate the disputed Electoral College ballots. The bipartisan commission, which included Representatives, Senators, and Supreme Court Justices, voted along party lines to award all the contested ballots to Hayes—securing the presidency for him by a single electoral vote. The Commission’s controversial results did not spark the violence in the post-Civil War South that some had feared largely because Republicans had struck a compromise with Southern Democrats to remove federal soldiers from the South and end Reconstruction in the event of a Hayes victory.

See Electoral College Fast Facts for more information about the procedure.

https://history.house.gov/Institution/Origins-Development/Electoral-College/

Electoral Fast Facts:

https://history.house.gov/Institution/Electoral-College/Electoral-College/

"Electors cannot vote for a Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate who both hail from an elector’s home state"

This is why we need mail in ballots and we should be demanding action on this issue...................why may you ask, look at what is presently in the white house now.......................and if you cannot go out and vote because of this virus situation, that the world is presently in, then that "one" vote in the house by the electoral representative from the state could determine who is in the white house, and presently there are more republicans in control by those states...................and that election of 1877 should be a wake-up call for everyone............................just saying

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 07:26 PM

1. According to Thom Hartmann, the Republicans are talking about this

I didn't hear the source of his assertion. But this is surely the way Trump can be elected this year.

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Response to eleny (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 07:35 PM

2. Hartmann spoke about this today, and in my opinion the media should be speaking about this issue

in this context.

I know we are getting hit in Maryland right now and the primaries are being discombobulated, all over the country, and yes this is the way that Trump could be elected, it makes sense, and we the voter need to step up the plate and get this situation resolved, I do not want some electoral college person deciding my vote, not like they did in this last fiasco..................it is by popular vote in the state, so we control that electoral college process.....................by the majority of the popular vote in the state, so if democrats out vote the Republicans in that red state well then......................we win, that is how the Constitution is written.........................

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 07:43 PM

3. If the House of Reps votes because the Electoral College is a tie, then we're screwed

Paper mail-in ballots is the answer. We went to vote by mail statewide in Colorado and we have a high rate of voting in Colorado. It works beautifully. Mail it or drop it off and you're done.

But Republicans were taught too well by Paul Weyrich that they don't do well as the voting population goes up.

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Response to eleny (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 07:48 PM

4. Yepper spot on....................

When I was in Colorado I loved sending in my mail-in ballot..................and That Paul Weyrich was, well a very dangerous man with his Santa Clause theory and voting, and they the republicans have been doing that ever since...........................
Thank you for the video................................

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Response to turbinetree (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 07:52 PM

5. Weyrich deserves the Mike Malloy treatment now that Weyrich is deceased

He deserves to have satan use his head for a soccer ball. Warms my heart, turbintree!

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Response to eleny (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 08:00 PM

6. K&R +1

I am sure Malloy would have some things to say right along with the Rude Pundit...................I wish Malloy was on Sirius XM.......................like when he was back in the day......................he did not hold back then or now, it warms my heart also....................

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Response to eleny (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 08:00 PM

7. Of course they are.

Undoubtedly the ones who railed the loudest against any thought of tossing the unlawfully appointed FL electors on Jan 6 2001, and railed the loudest against tossing the unlawfully appointed Ohio electors in 2005, will be at the front of the line to toss out blue state results on some feeble excuse or another.

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Response to pat_k (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 30, 2020, 08:04 PM

8. Ohio. Where the Secy of State locked the doors as they counted the vote

And Kerry's standing suddenly flipped to losing.

The Republicans aren't a one trick pony, either.

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