Electoral College Constitutional Abuses
Please put aside all bias in order to appreciate these findings as research potentially valuable to any political agenda.
The only “absolute” required is to understand and believe the founding fathers intended the Constitution of the United States of America to be the “supreme law of the land.”
- The Electors
Immediately there is a major contradiction between the Constitutional directives as to how Electors are chosen, but more importantly the function each performs.
Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 2
“Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.”
[Article. XII.] [Proposed 1803; Ratified 1804]
“The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate; – The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted; – The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice…..”
As of June 15, 2008 only ELEVEN States are needed to win the Presidency. If we, the voters took a more active role in what our elected officials are doing on both the state and federal level the end of multi-billion dollar campaigns and the “winner take all” system would be over.
- Here Is Why
Again, the search seems to substantiate our Primary Election is when we elect our local State Legislature and Congressional Representatives. An entire article waits explaining why the Senate was never intended to be elected by the people at large. Today those reasons are more significant than ever. Now is the time to become more political active.
The Constitution says our State Legislature appoints our Electors. Here to fore we have only one choice for the Presidential Candidate, and maybe he/she wasn’t our first choice. The party mostly votes in favor of that choice out of tradition.
- We Have the Power
“We” have some influence with our State Legislatures. When the majority of the constituency informs its local representative of their concerns ‘our’ voice will be heard. At least we have an opportunity to add our candidates name to those being considered by our state legislature.
This way our Electors go to Washington with votes for two or more candidates for each office. It certainly seems reasonable other States would have multiple candidates among their votes.
A more qualified, but under funded candidate could very deservingly win the election
I want my vote to count as much as anyone else, all we have to do is vote constitutionally.