With the two candidates being separated by less than 1% of the popular vote nationwide, it will be very interesting to see what the Electoral College chooses to do when they convene in December.
The Washington Post clarified back in March that:
“We take it for granted that the individual votes we cast will be the ones that select the slate of presidential electors in our state. But the Constitution makes no such guarantee. In fact, it says the states appoint electors “in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct.”Some of the Founders worried that rash decision-making by the collective body politic would be “radically vicious” or “liable to deceptions” if they directly elected the president, for the people would lack the “capacity to judge” candidates. While members of the House of Representatives would be accountable directly to the people, presidential elections would occur indirectly. Electors, not the people, would elect the president. And state legislatures could decide how. (Most states now have laws binding electors to vote for the candidate who wins their state’s popular vote — but many states don’t.)”
As Time Magazine reported on November 8th:
If the election results Tuesday come down to a razor thin margin, the fate of the presidential race could very well hinge on the consciences of four, unelected citizens whose names you’ve never heard: Robert Satiacum, Bret Chiafalo, Baoky Vu and Chris Suprun.Two are Republican. Two are Democratic. And all four are threatening to become what’s known as “faithless electors”—citizens sent to the Electoral College who break their pledge to vote for their party’s ticket.
Since the founding of the Electoral College, there have been 157 faithless electors. 71 of these votes were changed because the original candidate died before the day on which the Electoral College cast its votes. Three of the votes were not cast at all as three electors chose to abstain from casting their electoral vote for any candidate. The other 82 electoral votes were changed on the personal initiative of the elector.
Roughly half our United States population today voted to:
- eliminate health care access for millions,
- eliminate minimum wage protections,
- eliminate collective bargaining,
- condone religious genocide and xenophobic racism,
- set women’s rights back roughly half a century,
- set civil rights back roughly half a century,
- give legitimacy to hateful rhetoric and bully tactics,
- reverse LGBTQ marriage protections,
- deny scientific evidence of climate change and the need to do something about it,
- eliminate Environmental and Consumer protection regulations,
- embrace trickle down economics,
- abolish education programs, and
- embrace authoritarian oligarchical rule.