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Electors: Are Their Identities Public Information?

Is the identity of each elector who will vote in December available to the public? Or would it be a state by state process to get their identities? (I have sent message to [email protected] - ...
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In the Dutch senate elections, how is the weighting for the electoral college for non-residents determined?

In The Netherlands, the Senate is elected by members of the provincial parliaments as well as the electoral colleges for the Senate, where the electoral colleges represent voters who do not live in a ...
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Can Congress reject presidential electoral votes? What majority is required and can the decision be reverted?

Does "safe harbor" provision prevent Congress from voting to reject presidential electoral vote(s)? What kind of majority is required for such a rejection? Is it possible to revert such a ...
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Why is the possibility of state legislatures invalidating the popular vote being discussed? [duplicate]

It has been discussed that one of the alternatives for Trump to keep the presidency is that... Republican legislators in states like Pennsylvania would invalidate the electoral results and simply ...
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Does the electoral vote count ever get reallocated between states?

Without getting too worked up over the election, does the amount of electoral votes allotted to a state ever change? Will California ever change from 55 to say 54, 56, or something else? If so, how ...
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What are the advantages of the US electoral college for presidential elections over a direct vote?

In what way does this improve the representation of smaller states beyond what would be provided by a direct vote?
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How might Trump still win the electoral college?

For a couple of weeks now, the betting market site PredictIt has pretty consistently shown Trump as having a low-double-digit chance of winning the election. However, I was under the impression that: ...
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Does National Popular Vote Interstate Compact make allowances for states to leave after joining?

My understanding of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is that, once 270 electoral votes worth of states pass the law, all of the joining states will appoint electors pledged to casting ...
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What happens if the GSA refuses to recognize Biden even after the Electoral College vote?

I'd like to know what legal actions, if any, can be taken supposing that after December the 14th (when the Electoral College meet and vote for Biden) the General Services Administration, instructed ...
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What is the specific mechanism of voting done by the electoral college?

When the electoral college meets to vote on the next president, how does this vote take place? Do the members fill out a ballot privately; with those ballots then collected and counted? Or are the ...
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Certification of presidential election results in battleground states [duplicate]

I have just read the Atlantic article which describes a possible constitutional crisis in the USA in aftermath of the current presidential election. Prevention of the election result certification in ...
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Does anything prevent US state legislatures from directly selecting electors overriding the popular vote in their state?

Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Constitution states "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors". This seems to be a non-...
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How does a person go about becoming a member of the Electoral College?

According to the US Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators ...
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Where did the Clinton presidential campaign overemphasise and neglect in 2016?

I’ve heard claims that the Clinton campaign neglected either the Midwest or the “Rust Belt” in 2016, allowing Trump to win the presidential race even though Clinton won the plurality of votes. ...
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Argument for why the electoral clause was not violated by balloting changes related to Covid-19

The electoral clause (article II, section I, clause 2) of the U.S. constitution states: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to ...
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Can the US President veto Congress' decisions to reject electoral votes for the presidency?

According to the Electoral Count Act on the designation of the US President, the House of Representatives and the Senate may reject votes of some electors when they consider that these votes were not ...
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If a state's popular vote is tied, who gets the Electoral votes?

Most states use a winner-takes-all approach for Electoral votes. What if a state's popular vote is tied? For example, Florida in 2000 was extremely close. Bush received 2,912,790 votes and Gore ...
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Was the Democratic vote less efficient in 2018 than in 2016?

In 2016, Donald Trump won the election despite losing the popular vote by about 3 million votes. This is because the Republican vote was distributed efficiently in the Electoral College. The map ...
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Number of winning coalitions of state in the electoral college

Define a coalition as a subset of the set of the 51 states (counting DC as a state) that make the USA. Define a coalition as winning if the total number of electoral votes of the state in that ...
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What penalties if any can be imposed on faithless electors specifically from Arizona, Nevada, Michigan, and Wisconsin?

Joe Biden has won and/or is projected to win in Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nevada. This would give him exactly 270 electoral votes, the number required to become the president. In 2016, there ...
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What happens if the state delegations tie on a presidential vote?

If no candidate gets a majority of electoral votes in the United States, states each get one vote for who becomes president. What happens if 25 states vote for the Democrat and 25 vote for the ...
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Where does the US Electoral College physically meet?

From what I understand, electors gather in special meetings at the Statehouses of each relevant State. Is this correct? What is the actual physical process for the College being convened and voting?
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Does the NPVIC only take effect once enough states sign for it to have legal force?

15 state legislatures plus the District of Columbia have passed legislation enacting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, as described on Wikipedia. However, this represents only 72.6% of the ...
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What happens if any of Jill Stein's recounts find evidence of major issues and it's impossible to say who won a state?

As is widely reported now, Jill Stein's campaign is requesting recounts in two states (and likely soon a third). Ideally, the recounts will closely (or exactly) match the reported totals, and the ...
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Is membership in the European Parliament compatible with membership in the Electoral College for Non-Residents?

When browsing through the lists of candidates for the elections for the Electoral College Non-Residents in The Netherlands on 15 March 2023, I recognised some names of candidates who are currently ...
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Has any US state legislature ever disregarded the outcome of a presidential election in that state to appoint all electors of a losing party?

Article 2 of the constitution has a clause saying: Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and ...
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Winning the US presidential election without majority vote due to TWO reasons?

I'm German and interested in US-American politics, but my English is not the best, so please excuse my English and explain the answer by slow degrees. I have a question about the electoral system of ...
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What happens in Utah, if no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote?

In Utah (and most states) the winning candidate gets all delegates. Generally, a candidate must get more than 50% of the vote in order to win an election. But in the case of a multi-party race, what ...
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If the Electoral Count Act is repealed, would Pence have the power to throw out states' results? [duplicate]

I have just found that another lawsuit have been filed in Texas, aimed at overturning the presidential election result and seeking for the courts to invalidate the Electoral Count Act as ...
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Why are electoral college votes not secret?

In the United States, the general population votes for a president with secret ballots. However, the electoral college votes aren't secret and because of that, we know which person is a "faithless ...
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When was the last time the US electoral college chose a president other than the person recognized as winner at election time?

The Electoral College is elected on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November (United States presidential election - Wikipedia). The President is then chosen by the Electoral College no ...
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Can Trump use lawsuits to stop the electoral college from voting in order to use the House to install him as President?

Some news sources (like zeit.de, in German only, sorry) report that Trump could use a large number of lawsuits to keep the Electoral College from voting on Dec 14th. As I understand it, all legal ...
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Why does the US need real electors and doesn't just use virtual electors?

We can simply calculate each states electorates and see who wins. It just mean the relative power of each state. There is no reason to let real people gather and vote. Why not change the amendment?
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What happens if not all the votes are counted by the Electoral College's meeting?

I am curious about the pandemic and voting. I want to know about what if there are multiple states are unable to certify their election results in time. Would this mean that the Electoral College is &...
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Can states amend their constitutions to pre-determine future elections?

Consider this scenario: a state passes an amendment which automatically allocates all electoral votes to a given Party candidate for all future elections, ignoring the result of each election. Or ...
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Would offering to pay the fine for a faithless elector be bribery?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about faithless electors and whether they are bound in certain cases or what the penalty is. There's a petition circulating which offers to pay the fine of a ...
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Could an American presidential election be overturned by state legislatures?

If a political party (Party A) has a nominee that Party B does not like and Party A’s candidate wins by a relatively small electoral margin (318 to 220), can party B appoint sham electors to vote for ...
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If the US Presidential Election was based on popular votes, what strategies would be most effective to win? [closed]

There's been a lot of debate lately about popular vote vs. electoral college. One of the major arguments in favor of the electoral college is that it prevents a candidate from simply pandering to, and ...
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Are all popular votes counted even when one candidate has an insurmountable lead?

Much has been made of the recent election since Clinton seems to have won the "popular vote" while Trump won the vote for the electoral college. I wonder, though, if this is actually true or if we ...
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Isn't the Electoral Vote made so unqualified or "Charismatic Tyrants" can not become president?

"The Founding Fathers wanted the people to have a say, there was concern that a charismatic tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come into power. Alexander Hamilton briefly addressed these ...
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Does the electoral college (or a similar system) apply to US governor elections?

I'm following the live results of the Kentucky and Mississippi elections for governor etc, and I notice that while the Republican nominee has won the majority of the precincts, what they're reporting ...
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Can electors in US make complex "vows"?

I am just wondering can electors in US make complex vows. Even though the aggregate national popular vote is calculated by state officials, media organizations, and the Federal Election ...
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Could Hillary Clinton become Donald Trump's Vice President?

Coming from this post: It is not unheard of that individual "faithless electors" vote different than mandated by the result in their state for whatever reason. [...] In 1836, 23 faithless ...
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Are the death threats against Trump electors unprecedented in America?

Detroit News reports: Trump’s opponents have deluged [Michael] Banerian and other GOP electors with pleas and nasty emails to reverse course and cast their ballots for Clinton, according to the ...
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What if the Electoral College ties and no candidate gets a majority in the House or Senate?

I was thinking about a scenario that looks like this: Clinton wins all states she won in real life, plus Michigan and Pennsylvania. She gets 1% more votes than she really did. McMullin wins Utah. ...
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What would the process look like for adopting Ranked Choice (in particular, instant-runoff) Voting in the US?

I'm not asking to discuss whether Ranked Choice is a good system, or the particulars of how it would be implemented with regards to our electoral college system, or even whether people would choose ...
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How does the electoral college give smaller states more of a voice? [duplicate]

The most popular reason I have heard in favor of the electoral college is that it gives smaller states more of a voice, which I still don’t understand. If the number of electoral votes a state gets is ...
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When the US president is declared after winning enough states for 270 electoral votes, have they definitely won? [duplicate]

Watching the counting of the recent presidential election on the US, there was a point where Joe Biden had 238 electoral votes and was leading in enough states to get to 270. If he had gotten to 270, ...
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How could a third party candidate with electoral votes decide the choice of president?

In the 1968 Washington Post story announcing Nixon as the winner of the 1968 presidential election, the author made a peculiar point: Nixon’s Illinois victory, which emerged more than 15 hours ...
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Can state legislatures decide to appoint a different set of delegates to those determined by the vote?

I've read that legislatures can theoretically just pick whoever they like to be electoral college delegates. How true is this? If Biden wins by a tiny number of EC votes, could a Republican State ...
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