The Electoral College Can Save The USA
YES! This is a hail-mary of a shot in the dark, but it's no crazier than this election.
This may feel dry and complicated, but here are the brief facts:
1) The Republican President Elect won the appointment by 38 Electors.
2) Texas has 38 Electors and Texas allows Faithless Electors.
3) On December 20th, if Texas' Republican Electors vote Democratic, then there will be a contested election.
Who are the Electors?
Most importantly, they are citizens with no stake in the race since they cannot be someone who holds office or investment in the country.
Electoral College: Quick Background
As you (unfortunately) may know, the Electoral College ACTUALLY votes for and elects the President. The American people ONLY vote for the Electors. In turn, the Electors submit their vote for the presidential candidate based on the popular vote of their state.
29 States Require Electors To Vote With State's Popular Vote
Introducing: The Faithless Voters
A "Faithless Voter" is someone who votes differently the state's popular vote.
Of the 21 States, 17 Voted Republican
Let's Be Real. Who Will Change Their Vote?
Why would the electoral college members vote against a majority of what their populous wants? But what about those who see that a large minority of their populous want the other candidate?
Each State's Popular Vote
Here's Where It Gets Interesting
Haven't We Seen 38 Electoral Votes Before?
But Faithless Voters Don't Really Exist
They do! It occurs very rarely, but they have altered the outcome of presidency before! It made the difference in 1836 and gave Van Buren the presidency, and now we've never even heard of Richard Mentor Johnson.
IMPORTANT DATE: December 20th
This is the date the Electors actually cast their ballot.
If you want to be proactive about contacting the republican party's senators and congressmen, they need to make their final decisions about which Electors they select by December 16th.
Winner Take All
Because of each state's "Winner take all" rule, if 20 of the 38 Electorates vote Democratic, Texas turns blue and we have a contested election that is decided by the Senate.
If Texas abstains from voting, the Republican Nominee will still win.
If both candidates get to 270, the Senate then decides who will be president. With many republican senators denouncing the Republican President-elect, there is a good chance this could swing in the other direction.
Some Texas party members look to vote with their conscience.
Here's A List Of All Texas Republican Electors:
Marian K. Stanko
Stephen Suprun Jr.*
Mary Lou Erben
The article speaks of Chris Suprun (who's Stephen?) and Art Sisneros who are current sitting members.