Electoral College: Where Hope Springs Eternal

by Cristy Li on November 9, 2012

in Government

1824 Electoral College Tally –National Archives

(Roll Call)

All is not yet lost to end the Imperial Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, The 538 Members of The Electoral College will not officially cast their votes until the 18 December, leaving them the target of intense pressure from the campaigns to influence the race for the White House after all the votes are cast and a winner is declared.

Since the founding of The Electoral College there have been 156 Faithless Electors 71 of these votes were changed because the original candidate died before the day on which The Electoral College cast their votes. Three of the votes were not cast at all–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 and why not?

Electors were to be “independent decision makers” as Alexander Hamilton described in The Federalist No 68 “most capable in analyzing  the qualities adapted to the station and acting under circumstances favorable to the deliberation and to a judicious  combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”

The Electors “were to be deliberate and then exercise discretion to come up with the best person(s) for the job as president.” Robert W. Bennett writes in 2006 in the Northwestern Univ School of Law Review adding, “Indeed it is hard to see why the office of Elector would have been created in the first place if no real process of choice attended that office. For this reason, today’s Faithless Electors might actually be rather faithful to the original conception of his assignment.”

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