Fun Facts about the Electoral College

In my early post, I ran a couple what if scenarios.  Ethan Flax’s article discusses some of the answers to my question in his article.  Below I have copied some of his article.

What if no one gets a majority of the Electoral College’s votes?

If no candidate can grab a majority (currently 270) of the Electoral College’s votes, the House of Representatives meets immediately to pick the new president.

In this situation, each state’s Congressmen get together and pick a candidate among the top three vote getters in the Electoral College balloting.

Each state’s delegation then casts one vote. This process keeps going on indefinitely until a single candidate receives a majority of the states’ votes.

The House of Representatives has picked two presidents: Thomas Jefferson in 1800 and

John Quincy Adams in 1824.Since electors also ballots for Vice President, the same situation can arise with that office. In these cases, the Senate immediately goes into session to pick a Vice President, although each Senator has his own vote.

The Senate votes until a candidate receives a majority of the cast votes. This sort of contingent election has happened just once.

In 1836 Martin Van Buren’s running mate, Richard M. Johnson needed 148 votes to win the Vice Presidency, but Virginia’s electors refused to vote for him.

As a result, he ended up stuck with 147 votes, and the Senate had to hold a contingent election, where Johnson cruised by Whig candidate Francis P. Granger.

Can the electors change their mind?

They can, but they then become what are known as “faithless electors.”

Technically, states make their electors pledge to vote in a certain way, and 24 states have laws that punish electors who decide to get cute and switch things up.

However, with a few exceptions like Michigan and Minnesota, votes cast by faithless electors still count in the final tally.

What happens if a president-elect dies?

The national election takes place Tuesday, but the Electoral College won’t formally meet to cast their votes until December 15.

If a candidate dies or becomes otherwise unfit to take office in the interim, a thorny issue pops up.

Some states, like Virginia, legally bind their electors to vote for the candidate whose name was on the general election ballot. Other states, though, are more flexible and would allow their electors to vote for the ticket’s vice-presidential candidate or other agreed-upon candidate.

Luckily, this scenario has never happened with an election winner.

In 1872, though, Democrat Horace Greeley died just over three weeks after Ulysses S. Grant thumped him in the election.

Because the Electoral College still had to meet to elect Grant, electors who would have voted for Greeley simply spread their 66 votes among other Democratic candidates.

As a result, Thomas Andrews Hendricks actually came in second in the election with 42 electoral votes despite not campaigning for the presidency; he was busy successfully running for Governor of Indiana.

Three electors actually voted for Greeley even though he was dead, which probably tells you all you need to know about the health of the Democratic Party during Reconstruction.

If the President elect dies after the Electoral College’s voting but before the inauguration, the Twentieth Amendment states that the Vice President elect becomes President.

Advertisements

What if Obama was born In Kenya?

What if Obama wins the election and it is determined that Obama is not a a native born US citizen?  Would Joe Biden become the next US President?

One more what if scenario.  What if the electoral vote is split and we have a tie. There is always a possibility that with 538 electors, there could be a tie with 269 votes for Obama and 269 votes for McCain. The vote would turn to Congress, with the House of Representatives voting for President and the Senate voting for Vice President.  Let’s say that the House votes for Obama for President and then the Senate votes for Palin for Vice President.  Later it comes out, that there is proof that Obama is not a native born US citizen, then would Sarah Palin be our US President?

Why doesn’t Obama submit his birth certificate to the public?  This would resolve the whole issue, if he is a native born US citizen.  It would be a tragedy, if the US elected a person who does not meet the requirement to be the president of the United States.  If Obama is elected president how could he swear to uphold the Constitution, if he is in violation of Article 2? 

Why take a chance on voting for Obama, if he is not a natural born US citizen?  Use your vote wisely, vote for John Mcain this Tuesday.  If you want to vote for Obama, then wait till Wednesday.  :>

Changing Gears!!!!

I am confused why I started this blog.  It seems my thoughts have been all over the place.  If you have read my blog at all, I tend to wander to different topics.

First off, this NFL season is horrible.  With Tom Brady out, I have no desire to root for the New England Patriots.  I thought with Brady out, now Peyton Manning and the Colts have a shot at another Super Bowl.  What is wrong with the Colts?  The only joy I have in regards to football is the fact that the Chargers are only 1-2. 

As for the kids, we have two very independent children on our hands.  I can’t believe how fast time is going by with these two kids.  My boy will start kindergarten next year and my princess has a mind of her own.  Anytime I ask her to do something she will say “I don’t want to.”  Anytime I see her up to no good, she will say “Go away.”  This worries me because she is only two.  We are truly blessed on how well they both get along and it is great to see how much they both love each other.

i truely miss going out with my wife.  Ever since her parents moved back to Lithuania, we just don’t get out as much, just the two of us.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the time we spend with the kids but I so miss our time too.

So what is this whole changing gears mean?  I think for the rest of year, I want to change the focus of my blog.  I want to go back to the basics.  I think I have been trying to present entries to please the reader or to create more traffic to the blog. So what will I blog about and what direction will I take?  Who knows?  I just think I need to change it up a little.

Rise of the Roman Empire…Oops I mean the E.U. and M.U.

I ran across this article on Joel Rosenberg blog.  I had heard nothing of this in the media and it seems very intriguing what this is setting up for future events.  Below I have posted part of Joel’s article.

An intriguing new geopolitical entity was born over the weekend that could in ways small and large dramatically change the course of Europe and the Middle East in the years ahead. At a series of ceremonies in Paris — in a palace overlooking the River Seine — leaders from 43 countries comprising 756 million people met officially to form the “Mediterranean Union,” to fight terrorism, end WMD proliferation, enhance regional security, and promote free trade, economic development, and tourism. The brainchild of French President Nicolas Sarkzozy, the M.U. is certainly not a formal military or economic alliance by any stretch. Not yet, at least. But significantly, it does include all the nations of the European Union, Israel and all the countries of North Africa. The sole exception is Libya, whose leader, Muammar Gadaffi, denounced the organization as the rise of a “another Roman Empire.”Gadaffi is right.

Celebration – WordPress Post 100

WOW!  That took longer than I expected.

This is my 100th post on WordPress.  What will this post be about? I am not sure. 

I would like to thank the folks at Ben and Jerry’s for my free ice cream during their anuual Free Cone Day.  It was a great activity for the family, which we all enjoyed our ice cream.  I remember the days when my wife use to scoop ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s.  I miss trying all the different flavors.

WSith my first 100 posts I have learned that the more posts I create the more opoortunity for hits I may recieve.  I have not seen that many comments but I know there have been many visitors to my blog.  My last count for the month was 990 hits.  I really hope my writing has improved.

My plans for the next 100 posts is  that there will be something interesting to you the blog travaler.  I hope I have caught your interest with my blog.  I plan to go back to my blog story the Mystery of Nida very soon.  It has been tough with the kids and I have a storyline for it but I have too many loose ends to tie together.  I also have a few book reviews that I would like to talk about in the next few months.

Congrats to the LA Lakers, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, and the New Orleans Hornets for making it to the next round of the playoffs.  What about those Atlanta Hawks?  The Boston Celtics need to play some defense and win the next two games or this will be the biggest upset in NBA history.  This would be worst than the Golden State Warriors beating the Dallas Mavericks last year.

Well I guess that is it for Post 100.