Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Can We Convince the Electoral College to Elect Hillary Clinton?

You may have seen articles and petitions going around addressing the fact that the voters in the electoral college don't technically have to vote based on the way the districts swung in their states and can in fact choose to vote based on the national popular vote instead. They may incur fines for doing so, I think around $1,000, which is not much for the kind of people who are granted this power.

Is it possible? Yes. Is it likely? No. This has never happened before and the political consequences for those who would choose to vote against tradition could be grave. This doesn't mean they shouldn't. It just means they probably won't. And we need quite a few to do so if Hillary Clinton is going to be made President.

I'm not saying this to poo-poo the idea or tell you not to sign any petitions. I signed the petitions. But I don't want to peddle false hope either. You should still be preparing.

However, it has been found that it's not possible to pass the laws being considered by key swing states that would let them vote with the national popular vote without being fined or otherwise legally punished in time to stop a Trump presidency. The deadline to pass those so that the electoral college could use the new rule in this election was back in July, apparently.

You can still sign petitions and general urge your representatives to pass this law, or just abolish the electoral college altogether because it was created for explicitly racist purposes and is pointless. But chances of the electoral colleges in swing states going for Hillary are slim. If you're wondering why I didn't include it in the What the Hell Do We Do Now Masterpost, that's why.

This does not mean all is lost. Even with a Trump presidency and an entirely red federal government, we're going to go on fighting. We can stop every fucked up law they put out there if we put our minds to it. If they want to deport anyone, or take away anyone's rights, they'll have to go through me.

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