Urgent Att: DEX
There has been much discussion of the Electoral College as a potential savior for America. While unprecedented, the Electors are free to vote for the candidates of their choice. Electors are not bound to the majority vote of their respective States by Federal Law.
With Hillary losing by only 11,000 votes in WI, for instance, the “Will of the People” is not so clear. The total popular vote loss by Hillary in WI, MI, PA is just over 100,000 votes. If just 37 of the total Electors from those states believe that DT is a danger to our Republic, they are free to vote their conscience for Hillary. While 27 states have State laws binding their electors, 21 do not. Legal scholars do not believe the state laws would stand if tested in Federal Courts. Unfortunately, 4 of the 5 target swing states do have State Law binding Electors to State popular vote. Only PA does not bind their Electors in my list of target states.
PA has 20 Electors by itself, so I propose PA would be #1 priority for any mass effort to engage the Electors. With respect to the other States who do have State Law binding Electors, please review the paragraph below:
Over the years, however, despite legal oversight, a number of electors have violated their state’s law binding them to their pledged vote. However, these violators often only face being charged with a misdemeanor or a small fine, usually $1,000. Many constitutional scholars agree that electors remain free agents despite state laws and that, if challenged, such laws would be ruled unconstitutional. Therefore, electors can decline to cast their vote for a specific candidate (the one that wins the popular vote of their state), either voting for an alternative candidate, or abstaining completely. In fact, in the 2000 election, Barbara Lett-Simmons, an elector for the District of Columbia, cast a blank ballot for president and vice president in protest of the District’s unfair voting rights. Indeed, when it comes down to it, electors are ultimately free to vote for whom they personally prefer, despite the general public’s desire.
There is no Constitutional provision or Federal law that requires Electors to vote according to the results of the popular vote in their states. Some states, however, require Electors to cast their votes according to the popular vote. These pledges fall into two categories — Electors bound by state law and those bound by pledges to political parties.
The U.S. Supreme Court has held that the Constitution does not require that Electors be completely free to act as they choose and therefore, political parties may extract pledges from electors to vote for the parties’ nominees. Some state laws provide that so-called “faithless Electors” may be subject to fines or may be disqualified for casting an invalid vote and be replaced by a substitute elector. The Supreme Court has not specifically ruled on the question of whether pledges and penalties for failure to vote as pledged may be enforced under the Constitution. No Elector has ever been prosecuted for failing to vote as pledged.
Today, it is rare for Electors to disregard the popular vote by casting their electoral vote for someone other than their party’s candidate. Electors generally hold a leadership position in their party or were chosen to recognize years of loyal service to the party. Throughout our history as a nation, more than 99 percent of Electors have voted as pledged.
In conclusion, I propose that a grass roots network be re-energized for the next 30 days to identify, locate, and personally lobby the Electors in the critical swing states of OH, PA, FL, MI, WI. . I have begun an effort on Twitter myself using my 2000 followers as a starting point. I am confident some, if not all MSM outlets would cover a national effort. This Election has presented our Country with an Unprecedented Candidate in Donald Trump who, many believe to be, a Clear and Present Danger to both America and the Free World. My belief is there are 37 Republican Electors who feel the same. Our job is to identify and convince these Electors to join us in altering the course of History using our Constitutionally available Freedoms.
This link provides a starting point if you decide to consider my proposal. It provides a State by State list of Electors and many of their E-mail addresses, although many are incorrect. If MoveOn.Org should decide to pursue this avenue, I would be honored to work with your team full time for the next 30 days to execute the final strategy. I truly believe “We The People” still have a winning avenue available to alter the course this Election and of our Country. I look forward to hearing your thoughts. https://flipthe37.blogspot.com/p/faqs.html
Alabama (Code of Ala. §17–19–2)
Alaska (Alaska Stat. §15.30.090)
California (Election Code §6906)
Colorado (CRS §1–4–304)
Connecticut (Conn. Gen. Stat. §9–176)
Delaware (15 Del C §4303)
District of Columbia (§1–1312(g))
Florida (Fla. Stat. §103.021(1))
Hawaii (HRS §14–28)
Maine (21-A MRS §805)
Maryland (Md Ann Code art 33, §8–505)
Massachusetts (MGL, ch. 53, §8)
Michigan (MCL §168.47)
Mississippi (Miss Code Ann §23–15–785)
Montana (MCA §13–25–104)
Nevada (NRS §298.050)
New Mexico (NM Stat Ann §1–15–9)
North Carolina (NC Gen Stat §163–212)
Ohio (ORC Ann §3505.40)
Oklahoma (26 Okl St §10–102)
Oregon (ORS §248.355)
South Carolina (SC Code Ann §7–19–80)
Tennessee (Tenn Code Ann §2–15–104©)
Utah (Utah Code Ann §20A-13–304)
Vermont (17 VSA §2732)
Washington (RCW §29.71.020)
Wisconsin (Wis Stat §7.75)
Wyoming (Wyo Stat §22–19–108)