Questions tagged [faithless-elector]

A member of the US Electoral College who does not vote for the candidate they had pledged to vote for.

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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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What's the greatest number of faithless electors that the US experienced in a single US election?

What was the greatest number of faithless electors that the US experienced in voting for President in any historical election for the modern era (FDR--to present)? And how many faithless electors ...
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Unaccounted for electoral votes

All the electoral college votes trackers on the different websites are reporting that Trump has 290, and Clinton has 228. Where are the unaccounted for 20 votes? Are they all faithless electors, or ...
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What is the maximum count of faithless electors Clinton can possibly get in 2016?

At the time of writing, it looks like Clinton will end up with 232 pledged electoral votes, and Trump with 306. So 37 electors would have to flip just for a tie. My understanding is that some states ...
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Is there any law against bribing an elector? [duplicate]

Is there any law against bribing an elector of the US Electoral College or against an elector accepting a bribe (other than the laws against violating their pledge)?
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Can faithless electors be grounds for impeachment?

Reading comments on previous question (about faithless electors replacing VP), one sentiment expressed was that there's pretty much no way to undo anything that faithless electors do if they choose ...
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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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Is the result of the general election final on 8th of Nov, 2016?

I'm a little bit confused by reading about the faithless elector. If one candidate won more than 270 votes on the election day. Is there an chance when the electors come to vote in December, some of ...
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Why are they called faithless electors?

I recently read this question: Could faithless electors really change the USA president? I gather that a faithless elector is an elector who goes against the votes cast, but why are they called a ...
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Are state laws restricting electors' votes constitutional?

Several states have laws that purport to restrict or punish faithless electors for their electoral votes. See Wikipedia's Faithless elector: Legal position. Michigan and Minnesota even claim the ...
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In the Electoral College, why can electors vote in contrast to their pledge ('faithless')?

The United States uses an Electoral College system, where electors pledge to cast their vote in a particular way. However, these electors have the ability to vote in a manner that directly contradicts ...