The ABCs of The Electoral College
Who’s Behind The Curtain?
I know its hard to look into this, but this is important. The Electoral College is what/who elects the President, not really you or I. Do you know who your Electoral College voters are (scroll down to * to see California’s for 2012)? Did you know when it all comes down to it, they can vote for whomever they want?
According to Wikipedia, The United States or more accurately stated THE UNITED STATES (cause its a corporation), is evidently the only CURRENT EXAMPLE OF AN INDIRECTLY ELECTED PRESIDENT.
States are won by the popular vote (which is what they call what you and I do when we vote). The Electoral College votes are then cast for the State based on who wins the popular vote in that State, most of the time. Then the President of the Senate counts the votes Jan 6, 2013.
Some States have a law requiring the Elector to vote in accordance with the results of the popular vote, but not all. Some Electors have voted contrary to what they were “supposed to.” Electors have voted at least 158 times not in accordance with the popular vote. So when it comes down to it an Elector can vote as they wish. No vote has ever been overturned even when there was a State Law in place “binding” the Electoral voter.
From Wikipedia —http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_college
Countries with complex regional electorates may elect a head of state by means of an electoral college rather than a direct popular election. The United States is the only current example of an indirectly elected executive president, with an electoral college comprising electors representing the 50 states and the federal district. Each state has a number of electors equal to its total Congressional representation (in both houses), with the non-state District of Columbia receiving three electors and other non-state territories having no electors.
What is the Electoral College?
Presidential Electoral College Votes by State so far
Summary of Key Dates for the 2012 Presidential Election
State Official Rules
When/How Are The Electoral College Members Elected?
There is no federal law or constitutional provision requiring electors to vote for the nominating party. However, some States have “bound the Electors” and passed laws requiring this. http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/electors.html
What About Abolishing The Electoral College?
—State Legislatures (2/3 of all States) can petition Congress for a Constitutional Convention. Note: any part of the Constitution could be amended at this time.
—Amendment to The Constitution
Congress can propose an amendment (with a 2/3 vote in the House and Senate)
Then it must be ratified by State Legislatures (3/4 of all states).
If the electoral votes are a tie —
The House of Representatives takes a vote with each State having one vote.
Our 2012 CALIFORNIA ELECTORS (55 members)
One Elector is appointed by Senator Boxer, Senator Feinstein, and the 53 Congressional Nominees = 55
Each will vote on December 17, 2012 to cast their votes for President and Vice-President.
California Secretary of State Website: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_ec.htm