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Faithless Electors Should Not Shirk Their Constitutional Duty

December 17, 2016

Govt Commentary

As we soon approach the January 2017 meeting of state electors that will probably be the final step in the presidential election of Donald Trump, tensions are rising throughout the nation regarding whether those designated electors will follow the will of the voters from their states or become what has been characterized as a “faithless elector” and cast their vote for Hillary Clinton.  The Washington Post recently published an Op-ed article suggesting that in light of the possible Russian meddling in our election processes that electors ought to vote against Trump by either choosing Clinton or another more neutral candidate.

Apparently, only 37 of Trump’s 306 designated electors would be needed to reduce his number to 269 and would make him fall short of the necessary 270 electors needed to win.  However, regardless of how much some people would like to avoid a Trump presidency.  It is clear that the…

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