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Can Electors Make Hillary Clinton President On Dec. 19?


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"The narrow possibility that Clinton could still be elected depends on the workings of the Electoral College. Here’s the situation: On Tuesday, American’s didn’t actually vote for Trump or Clinton. They really voted for a set of electors in their state who will, in turn, cast the official votes for their state on Dec. 19. So, technically, Trump hasn’t been elected — but a group of electors who’ve pledged to vote for him have. Although the Electoral College was in part originally put in place to ensure that people out in the boonies didn’t do anything too out of whack, these days, the December Electoral College vote is mostly a formality — people simply assume that the electors will vote according to the popular vote in their states. But technically, they don’t have to.

An elector who chooses not to vote in line with the popular vote is known as a “faithless elector.” According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there’s no federal or constitutional law against faithless electors, but 30 states have provisions in place that would punish or replace electors who don’t vote for the party that nominated them. The constitutionality of those laws isn’t totally clear, in part because they have been so rarely tested — The Daily Dot reports that there have only been 157 faithless electors in all of U.S. history."

Yes, so they'd have to be willing to go against the votes of the people they're representing.

That's unprecedented at that scale. 

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