Speaking in the US Senate following an objection to the counting of Arizona’s electoral votes, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned about Congress overruling the voters saying it would „damage our Republic forever.“
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The Electoral College vote on Monday will mark one of the final milestones in a fraught election year that raised concerns about the underpinnings of American democracy.
Die 538 Wahlleute in den USA stimmen heute stellvertretend für das Volk über den künftigen US-Präsidenten ab. Sie votieren bei den Treffen in ihren jeweiligen Bundesstaaten gemäß den dortigen Ergebnissen der Wahl vom 3. November.
The Interregnum comprises 79 days, carefully bounded by law. Among them are “the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December,” this year December 14, when the electors meet in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to cast their ballots for president; “the 3d day of January,” when the newly elected Congress is seated; and “the sixth day of January,” when the House and Senate meet jointly for a formal count of the electoral vote. In most modern elections these have been pro forma milestones, irrelevant to the outcome. This year, they may not be.
“Our Constitution does not secure the peaceful transition of power, but rather presupposes it,” the legal scholar Lawrence Douglas wrote in a recent book titled simply Will He Go?
For the 2020 election, the states have until Dec. 8 — six days before the electoral college must meet — to count votes and settle all election disputes.
(September 27, 2020)
This year may feature the most turnout ever, according to some projections, and combined with an expected surge in mailed ballots could mean that Americans don’t get a definitive result on election night.
(September 21, 2020)
There does seem to be general agreement on one provision of the 1887 act: the “safe harbor” clause. It provides that, if a state submits its final tally in the Presidential contest by six days before the meeting of the Electoral College, that decision is “conclusive” and thus free from legal challenge. This year, the safe-harbor deadline is December 8th; the Electoral College meets in each state capitol on December 14th.
It is unclear, however, what will happen if a slow vote count puts a state in jeopardy of missing the deadline.
(September 3, 2020)
More than at any time since 2000, the possibility that states could have problems meeting crucial December deadlines for their electoral totals hangs in the air. The sheer challenge of tallying mail-in ballots during a pandemic could delay final results, as could litigation in swing states with narrow margins between candidates.
Both 2020 candidates have lavished attention to the natural gas industry in Pennsylvania, the likely tipping-point state in the Electoral College.
Trump won the presidency in 2016 despite Clinton receiving almost 3m more votes, all because of the electoral college. How does the system work?
Die Wahl des Präsidenten und des Vizepräsidenten erfolgt indirekt alle vier Jahre am Wahltag. Obwohl die Stimmzettel heute gewöhnlich die Namen der Kandidaten für das Präsidenten- und Vizepräsidentenamt selbst enthalten, bestimmen die Wahlberechtigten unmittelbar nur die Wahlmänner für den Bundesstaat, in dem sie wohnen, oder für den Bundesdistrikt, wenn sie ihren Wohnsitz in Washington D.C. haben. Diese Wahlmänner wählen später den Präsidenten und Vizepräsidenten.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College.