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Not everyone should vote

The Editor's opinion:
You should not vote if you are not a citizen of the United States.  You should not vote if you are a convicted felon.  You should not vote more than once, even if a federal judge says it's okay.  You should not vote if you are dependent on welfare programs of any kind, with the exception of Social Security benefits for which you have paid all your life.  You should not vote if you cannot read a ballot that is written in English.  You should not vote if you could not pass the basic civics test given to those applying for naturalization.  You should not vote if you get all your information about current events from social media on your smart phone.  You should not vote if you were driven to the polling place by someone you met for the first time on election day.  You should not vote in a presidential election if you are not expected to live past inauguration day.  You should not vote if you cannot identify yourself beyond a reasonable doubt (with a government-issued license or ID card).  You should not vote if you were registered to vote in a state mental hospital.  You should not vote if you are so confused that you don't know whether you are male or female.  You should not vote if you do not have a permanent residence.  You should not vote if anyone has offered you money, food, or adult beverages for doing so.  And above all, you should not vote if you are dead, although many people apparently do.


The Election's Ominous Results.  Yes, it is good that Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton, especially in light of revelations of her private email security breaches and pay-for-play administration of the State Department.  If true, she belongs in prison.  However, what is ominous is the number of voters who, despite all that was known of her crimes, still voted for her.  This is not a sign of a healthy American electorate.  It seems the same citizens who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 after his disastrous first four years voted for her.  Many people who go the polls in our generation are simply not thinking.  They are less informed and thoughtful citizens than idolaters.

Unfortunately, Most Voters Are 'Idiots'.  [M]ost people who go into the voting booth today will be primarily choosing a president based not on a reasoned, dispassionate assessment of which candidate will best serve the interests of the larger society.  Rather, they will be voting for the candidate who confirms them in their personal prejudices, limited perspectives, and self-centered desires.

Should "stupid" Americans be allowed to vote?  It was the "stupidity of the American voter," as Obamacare architect Gruber said, that Obama counted on, and it is that same voter that Hillary is counting on to get her to the White House.

Florida:  Taco Trucks Used to "Lure" Democrat Voters to Polls.  Video out of Florida shows the Clinton machine is busing people to the polls and luring them to vote using taco trucks.  Now we know what the DNC meant when they said they needed more "taco bowl outreach."  SEIU, which has endorsed Hillary Clinton, appears to be behind the scam.

California governor signs bill allowing felons to vote from their jail cells.  Convicted felons serving jail sentences in California county jails will now get to participate in an activity besides three meals a day and recreation time:  voting in elections.  Governor Jerry Brown signed new legislation into effect as part of a reform backers say will help prisoners transition back into society while still serving time for their crimes.  The bill he signed would let thousands of felons doing time in county jails to vote in California elections, the LA Times reported.

California Could Let Felons Behind Bars Vote, Despite What the State Constitution Says.  California Gov.  Jerry Brown is considering whether to sign a bill that would allow tens of thousands of incarcerated felons to vote, while continuing to deny the vote to others.  The Legislature sent a bill to Brown's desk that would restore voting rights to an estimated 50,000 convicted felons who are behind bars in county jails, but not to felons who are serving their sentence in prisons.

'Mandatory voter registration' is a bad idea.  Mandatory Voter Registration — Progressives want to sign up everyone automatically without affirming citizenship or an opt-out.  What they call "automatic voter registration" is really "mandatory voter registration."  Here's why it's a bad idea:
  •   Not everyone wants to be registered to vote.  Forcing inclusion against their will is an act of a top-down, authoritarian government.
  •   It violates a citizen's basic free speech rights, such as expressing displeasure with the electoral process by not participating.  Then there's the issue of privacy — voter registration lists are publicly available.
  •   It opens the door for vote fraud, because it fills voter rolls with people who may have no intention of ever voting, or transients, or college students who would be able to vote again in their home districts.
  •   There is no reliable way to ensure that all registrants are actually U.S. citizens.  Some states now issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

Opposing viewpoint:
A Feasible Roadmap to Compulsory Voting.  In years with presidential elections, voter turnout peaks at just above 60 percent.  In off-year elections, turnout dips to 40 percent or less.  In November 2014, only 36 percent of eligible voters went to the polls — the lowest share in more than 70 years.  Participation this paltry calls into question the political system's legitimacy.  It also hints that election outcomes might be quite different if more people bothered to show up.

Mike Rowe:  Celebrities Only Encourage Their Fans To Vote So Liberals Will Get Elected.  Mike Rowe said he doesn't think celebrities would encourage "the masses" to vote if they thought it meant a conservative would get elected.  After a reader asked the 54-year-old host of "Dirty Jobs" to encourage his fans to vote in the presidential election this November, Rowe politely declined with a brutal response.

Fareed Zakaria calls for mandatory voting.  Demonstrating that no idea is so bad that it will lack adherents, CNN's most fatuous pundit advocated on air for mandatory voting.  Just what we need: another restriction on our freedom, the government telling us what we must do.  And what kind of votes will be cast?  Will they be knowledgeable electors, or merely casual drive-by votes in which a trivial factor or a vague impression, not powerful enough to impel a person to vote, now becomes the basis for a choice?  This spectacularly awful idea has only one merit for one party.  It would almost certainly assure that Democrats would establish a one-party state.

Violent Felons Are Trying to Get Their Gun Rights Back in Virginia.  As congressional Democrats spent the week pressing for the passage of new gun control legislation, violent felons in Virginia were able to take steps towards having their right to own a firearm restored thanks to action taken by the state's Democratic Gov.  Terry McAuliffe.  When McAuliffe restored the voting rights for 206,000 felons in a move critics say was politically motivated, he also opened the door for those felons to have their right to own a firearm restored.  Previously, felons would individually have to petition the executive branch to have their civil rights restored.  Petitioners would have to fill out an application to the secretary of the commonwealth and submit a letter to the governor explaining why they deserve to have their rights restored.

The Editor says...
I can see where a state might restore a convicted felon's rights after a period of 15 or 20 years of good behavior, post-incarceration, but to forgive and forget as soon as his prison sentence is completed is reckless and highly premature.  The lasting stigma of a felony conviction is supposed to be part of its value as a deterrent.

We must weed out ignorant Americans from the electorate.  Never have so many people with so little knowledge made so many consequential decisions for the rest of us.  A person need only survey the inanity of the ongoing presidential race to comprehend that the most pressing problem facing the nation isn't Big Business, Big Labor, Big Media or even Big Money in politics.  It's you, the American voter.  And by weeding out millions of irresponsible voters who can't be bothered to learn the rudimentary workings of the Constitution, or their preferred candidate's proposals or even their history, we may be able to mitigate the recklessness of the electorate.

The Prison Vote.  The corrupt governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, announced the other day that ex-cons will be granted the vote just in time of the presidential election.  His assumption is that, identity politics being what it is, the ex-con vote will naturally flock to Hillary Clinton, supporting someone they see as their own.  There has always been an assumption that convicts, if given the chance, will vote for people like themselves.  That's the assumption.  The reality is something different.  Ex-cons tend not to vote at all.  Those who would be inclined to vote are those who have gone the other way with their lives, embracing religion or social advocacy to help ex-cons get on the right path.  It's a small club that will not make a difference in an election.

Gov. McAuliffe to Ex-Cons: 'I Want You Feeling Good About Yourself and Voting'.  Virginia Gov.  Terry McAuliffe (D) says he issued an executive order restoring the voting rights of convicted felons to say, "I want you feeling good about yourself and voting.  "I'm restoring voting rights, I'm not giving people back gun rights.  I'm not commuting anyone's sentence," McAuliffe told PBS NewsHour on Friday [4/22/2016].

Obama Criticizes Difficulty of Voting in U.S.: 'Australia Has Got Mandatory Voting'.  Speaking at the University of Chicago Law School yesterday [4/7/2016], President Barack Obama criticized what he described as the difficulty of voting in the United States of America.  "We really are the only advanced democracy on Earth that systematically and purposely makes it really hard for people to vote," he said.  "Maybe the single biggest change that we could make in our political process that would reduce some of the polarization, make people feel more invested, restore integrity to the system, would be just make sure everybody is voting," said Obama.  "Australia has got mandatory voting.  You start getting 70-80 percent voting rates, that's transformative."

The Editor says...
The president is lying when he says this country intentionally makes it difficult to vote.  Compulsory voting will not "make people feel more invested" any more than jury duty does.  Most Americans see jury duty as a chore, despite the government's efforts to make it look like a great honor (in the propaganda film shown to the jury pool when they arrive).  Nor is there any reason to believe that mandatory voting would "restore integrity to the system."  The Democrats could "restore integrity to the system" by supporting Voter-ID laws that keep dead people from voting, and by prosecuting voter fraud more vigorously.  Barack H. Obama, a/k/a Barry Soetoro, hates this country and wants to change it into something it has never been.  I want this country to be led by a President who will preserve and defend the Constitution, as well as our cultural traditions, and make America what it was before the Left ruined it.  We don't need laws that are "transformative."  If anything, we need fewer laws on the books and less transformation.

A Crisis in Civic Education.  At present, a majority of the four-year college graduates answering a multiple-choice survey were unable to identify the method for amending the Constitution or the process for presidential impeachment.  Nearly half failed to identify the correct term lengths for the houses of Congress.  Ten percent thought that Judith Sheindlin — "Judge Judy" — is on the Supreme Court.  A Crisis in Civic Education offers recommendations to colleges, alumni, foundations, and lawmakers to turn from civic illiteracy to vibrant, empowered participation in the nation's civic process.

Our Poorly Educated Electorate.  Nearly half of college graduates do not know the correct term lengths of Congress.  One-third of college graduates, and more than half of the general population, cannot identify the Bill of Rights as a group of constitutional amendments.  The results are grave, but they are not surprising considering the poor curricular quality in high-school and college education.  The Department of Education's National Assessment of Educational Progress has shown that virtually all eighth graders, and 75 percent of high-school seniors, are not proficient in civics.  The DOE has since dispensed with the high-school exam, but ACTA's recent surveys of college graduates show that eight years of education, from middle school to a bachelor's degree, matter little when it comes to proficient civic knowledge.  Of the more than 1,100 college and university curricula that ACTA studies annually, only 18 percent require a course in U.S. history or government.

Dumb, Dumber and Democrat.  Today, Loser-ism thrives as Bernie Sanders, the proud socialist who would have been considered a veritable whack job in previous times, promises his beguiled and oblivious audience free college, health care, housing; you name it.  Watching his audience of losers presents the best argument yet for voters being taxpayers at least 35 years old.  Here we are again with deranged youth swaying an election.  These are the same catastrophic mindless beings who helped win two terms for Barack Obama; the most destructive and divisive President in U.S. history.

Outgoing Kentucky governor restores voting rights for thousands of felons.  Kentucky already restores voting rights to some nonviolent convicted felons, but the felon must apply to the governor's office, which approves them on a case by case basis.

Forced voting follies.  [T]he notion that forcing people who don't care about politics to vote will make them more engaged and thoughtful citizens is ludicrous.  We force juvenile delinquents (now called "justice-involved youth" by the Obama administration) and other petty criminals to clean up trash in parks and alongside highways.  Is there any evidence this has made them more sincere environmentalists?  If we gave every student in the country straight A's, that would make all the education trend lines look prettier, but it wouldn't actually improve education.

Misinformed Electorate, Not Trump, Is Real Danger.  The media seem to think that participation in elections is a big deal.  [...] Despite many people who urge us all to vote, as a civic duty, the purpose of elections is not participation.  The purpose is to select individuals for offices, including president of the United States.  Whoever has that office has our lives, the lives of our loved ones and the fate of the entire nation in his or her hands. [...] If you want to fulfill your duty as a citizen, then you need to become an informed voter.  And if you are not informed, then the most patriotic thing you can do on Election Day is stay home.

Obama Unleashes His Pro-Criminal Agenda.  Because it needs their votes, the Left is pressing for the restoration of felons' voting rights.  Of course, a criminal record carries with it a degree of social stigma, as it should.  Removing or watering down that socially beneficial stigma reduces disincentives to commit crimes and hinders the marginalization of the antisocial.  Without stigma and social ostracism, society would eventually collapse.  This is fine by our malignantly narcissistic Marxist president who, seeing the law in capitalist America largely as an instrument of oppression, seeks to blunt and retrofit it.

Trolling For Voters: Dems Push Bill To Restore Voting Rights For Ex-Felons.  Democrats don't care about their rights, Democrats are just trolling anywhere they can for new voters for 2016 and beyond.

Bill would restore voting rights for ex-felons.  A Democratic bill unveiled this week would allow former convicted felons released from prison to vote in federal elections.  The measure would create a uniform federal standard applicable to ex-felons who are no longer in prison.  It would not apply to state elections.

The Editor says...
Except for the few who have been pardoned, there is no such thing as an ex-felon.

No Election Day for dummies.  When President Obama was elected president in 2008 on a promise to "transform" America, most voters didn't have a clue to what he meant, and he has transformed as much as he could get by with.  He's harder at work than ever.  One of his baddest bad ideas is mandatory voting.

Compulsory Voting is Unconstitutional.  President Obama recently praised the idea of "mandatory voting," saying it would be "transformative" and "completely change the political map in this country," showing again how unbound he feels by the limits imposed on the power of government by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  The president apparently does not believe that the right to speak, which is protected under the First Amendment, includes the right not to speak.  And there is no question that we are speaking when we make our choices in the ballot booth.  When we don't vote, we are again making a choice, a choice not to speak that also sends a political message.

Obama's Mandatory Voting Proposal: Typically Fascist at Heart.  Nothing our president, Barack Hussein Obama, does at this point in his benighted administration should come as a shock to anybody who heard him utter the words "fundamental transformation" back in late 2008, once he knew the McCain fix was in and the election was in the bag.  But his suggestion a few days ago that voting should be mandatory needs to be studied by all to see the pure essence of Obamaism — and then beware of it.  Like everything Obama and the Left propose, this crackpot idea is couched and masked in all the usual "progressive" disguises.  It's "fair," and about "equality."  When in fact it's neither of those things.

Obama retreats from mandatory voting push amid backlash.  The White House Thursday [3/19/2015] walked back President Obama's comments in favor of mandatory voting in the U.S.  "The president was not making a specific policy prescription for the United States," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest.  At a town-hall event in Cleveland on Wednesday [3/18/2015], Mr. Obama described compulsory voting as "a better strategy" in the short term than pushing for a Constitutional amendment to counter increased campaign spending in the U.S. since the Supreme Court's ruling in the "Citizens United" case.

Make Leadership, Not Voting, Mandatory.  Take two major ails of the U.S. political system:  1. Declining voter participation, particularly among young and minority voters who are most likely to feel disenfranchised.  2. An unhealthy approach to financing campaigns after Citizens United, the Supreme Court ruling that outlawed restrictions on political spending.  Obama's prescription?  Force everybody to vote.

The Editor says...
If you don't vote, you can feel "disenfranchised" all you want, but you have no room to complain.

Obama Urges Soviet-Style Voting Laws.  Forcing Americans to vote under threat of legal penalty would help to fundamentally transform America, President Obama told a town hall-style meeting in Cleveland yesterday [3/18/2015].  It is the latest radical leveling scheme that flows from the president's totalitarian impulses.  It is also consistent with his support for "Net Neutrality," which is a form of censorship and his opposition to the landmark Citizens United decision that affirmed a conservative activist group's constitutionally guaranteed right to make a movie critical of Hillary Clinton.  It is an assault on American democracy itself because one of the ways that people express themselves politically is to stay home on Election Day.  Compelled speech is not free speech.

Mandatory Voting? Is Obama Kidding, Or Just Plain Dumb?  This isn't a new concept.  Liberals have been pushing the idea of forcing people to the polls for years as a way to increase turnout.  What's surprising is that Obama would grab on to this sophomoric idea.  Just making voting mandatory, for example, won't guarantee high participation rates.  Turnouts in mandatory voting countries vary widely, from as low as 47% to as high as 90%.  And participation has been dropping steadily since the 1980s in countries with and without compulsory voting laws.  A 2014 study found that "compulsory voting laws fail to correlate with a statistically significant boost in turnout" in several countries.

Welcome To Obama And Hillary's Fun Camp.  The White House appears to be walking back President Barack Obama's call for mandatory voting.  "The president was not making a specific policy prescription for the United States," press secretary Josh Earnest was quoted as saying.  Well, he did stop short of a "specific policy prescription."  But somehow when he transitioned from "I don't think I've ever said this publicly, but I'm going to go ahead and say it now" to "In Australia and some other countries, there's mandatory voting," it didn't sound like he was just sharing a tidbit he learned from pub trivia.

Why Mandatory Voting Is a Bad Idea.  President Obama thinks that forcing us to vote might be a good idea.  That he could favor punishing people for not voting — which means taking their money by force and imprisoning them if they resist — is unsurprising.  The essence of government is violence — aggressive, not defensive, force.  Government is not usually described in such unrefined terms, but consider its most basic power:  taxation.  If you can't refuse the tax collector with impunity, you are a victim of robbery.  It doesn't matter that government claims to render "services" if you don't want them.

Obama calls for mandatory voting in U.S..  President Obama, whose party was trounced in last year's midterm election due to poor turnout among Democrats, endorsed the idea of mandatory voting Wednesday [3/18/2015].  "It would be transformative if everybody voted," Mr. Obama said during a town-hall event in Cleveland.  "That would counteract [campaign] money more than anything.  If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country."  Mr. Obama raised the subject during a discussion of curbing the influence of campaign donations in U.S. elections.  The president said he had never discussed the idea publicly before, but said Australia and some other countries have compulsory voting.

The Editor says...
Which countries enforce mandatory voting?  Lists can be found here and here.

Should non-citizens in the U.S. vote?  As of Jan. 1, 2012, an estimated 13.3 million lawful permanent residents lived in the United States, and 8.8 million of them were eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship but had not done so.  In California, 2.48 million out of 3.4 million green-card holders were eligible to apply but chose not to.  And, of course, not all non-citizens residing in this country are "lawful."  An estimated 11 million people live here without permission, though President Obama recently took action to defer the deportation of as many as half of them.

Brown signs package of bills to encourage voting.  Months after statewide voter turnout hit a historic low of 25% in this year's primary election, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday [9/26/2014] signed eight bills aimed at getting more Californians to participate in the political process.

Liberals as Low Information Voters.  For several years now we have heard much of the plague of "low information voters" — those legions of the supposedly ignorant who walk, clueless on the issues, into our polling places, casting their votes for candidates the details of whose programs are as familiar to them as quantum mechanics.  But we may have a more significant problem. [...] I'm talking about the workaday liberal, the well-educated professionals who are our friends, relatives and neighbors.  They are, increasingly, low information voters, living in willful or perhaps willed blindness.

Judicial Watch, AEF Challenge Obama Admin For States' Right To Block Noncitizen Voters.  Judicial Watch has launched a nationwide effort to support election integrity.  That effort continued this week, as we once again joined forces with the Allied Educational Foundation (AEF) to file an amicus curiae brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in support of Arizona's and Kansas's efforts to add proof of citizenship requirements to a federal voter registration form.  What is behind this legal challenge to the common-sense effort to make sure all votes cast are legitimate?  A leftist radical special interest group?  Well, yes and no.  It's the Federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC), run by leftists in the Obama administration, which is appealing a lower court order requiring the EAC to allow the states to add the proof of citizenship requirements.

The Movement to Give the Vote to Non-Citizens Begins.  The New York state legislature is currently reviewing a bill to give the right to vote to nearly three million non-citizens.  The New York City Council is simultaneously reviewing similar legislation to allow non-citizens the right to vote in local elections.  There is a good chance that the legislation will pass.  This is, no surprisingly, supported by progressive New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.  Non-citizens can already vote in municipal elections in several cities in New York, Maryland, and Illinois.  San Francisco has been pushing this idea for years, and it is only a matter of time until it passes there.

New York Dem: It's time to give the vote to illegal aliens.  Daily Caller tells us it's the first bill of its kind in the nation; giving adults here illegally the opportunity to vote in state and local elections.  The legislation is being introduced by state Sen. Guestavo Rivera and is designed to "integrate illegal immigrants, who are estranged from participation in civic, economic and political life."  What could go wrong?

New York Dem: Illegals Should Have The Right To Vote.  New York state Sen. Guestavo Rivera wants to pass legislation to give illegal immigrants the right to vote in local and state elections, Reuters reports.  In terms of the broad benefits available to non-citizens, this bill is the first of its kind in America.  The main objective of the New York Is Home Act, according to Rivera, is to integrate illegal immigrants, who are estranged from participation in civic, economic and political life.  The legislation not only gives illegal immigrants the right to vote, but establishes a kind of second-tiered citizenship on a state level, in which illegal immigrants can apply for tuition assistance, health insurance and driver's and professional licenses, among other benefits.

In D.C. mayor's race, Vincent Gray has secret weapon: Support of growing ex-prisoner vote.  Above an official portrait of Mayor Vincent C. Gray, crisp silver lettering spells out a welcome to one of the shiniest new places in D.C. government — the Office on Returning Citizen Affairs. [...] The bustling facility is designed solely for convicted criminals, a center for training, job placement, housing services and other programs for a slice of the population growing by thousands each year.  Ex-offenders account for at least one in 10 D.C. residents and perhaps many more.

DOJ Argues to Court Against Rules to Prevent Foreigners From Voting.  Justice Department lawyer Bradley Heard was in court today trying to stop Kansas from ensuring that only citizens register to vote.  Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, relying on a United States Supreme Court opinion of last year, asked the federal Election Assistance Commission to permit him to ensure that only citizens were registering to vote.  The Election Assistance Commission said no, so Kris Kobach went to federal court.  Enter Eric Holder's Justice Department, as usual, opposing election integrity measures.

Holder's Felon Re-Enfranchisement [is] A Ruse To Unlock 2 Mil Dem Votes.  The Obama administration isn't satisfied with locking in votes for Democrats by giving amnesty to illegal immigrants.  Now it's also trying to unlock ex-con's votes through felon re-enfranchisement.

Holder: State Laws That Bar Felons From Voting Are 'Too Unjust to Tolerate'.  Three days after announcing that the U.S. Justice Department will recognize same-sex marriages in all legal matters, even in states that forbid it, Attorney General Eric Holder took a swipe at states that don't allow felons to vote.  "In many states, felony disenfranchisement laws are still on the books.  And the current scope of these policies is not only too significant to ignore — it is also too unjust to tolerate," Holder told a criminal justice forum at Georgetown University Law Center.

Holder: Repeal laws restricting voting by ex-felons.  Attorney General Eric Holder is calling Tuesday for the repeal of state laws that restrict the voting rights of millions of former prison inmates.  In a speech to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights at Georgetown University Law Center, Holder said it is "time to fundamentally re-think laws that permanently disenfranchise people who are no longer under federal or state supervision.''

Jail survey: Nearly three quarters of felons register as Democrats.  The authors, professors from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, found that in some states, felons register Democratic by more than six-to-one.  In New York, for example, 61.5 percent of convicts are Democrats, just 9 percent Republican.  They also cited a study that found 73 percent of convicts who turn out for presidential elections would vote Democrat.  But despite recent moves in states to notify convicts that they can vote again, the study finds little evidence that they do, undercutting Democratic efforts to get them to the polls.

Study: Most Convicts Vote Democrat.  A scholarly study newly released in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science has revealed that most convicts in jail register as Democrats.  The study stated, "Democrats would benefit from additional ex-felon participation."  The professors who authored the study came from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University.

Va. ramps up restoration of voting rights to some felons.  Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) could restore the voting rights of 10,000 non-violent felons by the end of his administration — nearly twice the number he has granted in 3½ years in office, administration officials said Monday.  With no statewide felon database and no electronic records before 1995, the administration faces an uphill battle over the next six months to locate the thousands of former, non-violent felons scattered across the commonwealth.

If you vote for someone who is in prison and cannot represent you in Congress, you are a fool.
Democrat Robin Kelly wins special Illinois House election, but what about prison?  Despite the endorsement of President Obama, Robin Kelly easily won election Tuesday night [4/9/2013] in a special House election to represent Illinois' troubled Second Congressional District.  The sprawling urban-suburban district, containing Chicago's ugly South Side, was formerly represented by Jesse Jackson Jr., who like a number of Illinois politicians will be residing in a federal penitentiary for a while.

The Watercooler — Let's Allow Felons to Vote.  One of the primary reasons I battle depression and discouragement related to political matters is because of the state I live in — California.  The state that I have watched self-destruct from — by today's standards — a relatively conservative state that gave us Ronald Reagan and that used to be the standard bearer in quality education, to being the laughing stock of the nation as we have allowed the Dems to gain a super-majority in both chambers in Sacramento.  Well, now we are only starting to see the foolishness that a super-majority of Dems can fabricate as they tamper with legislation to — among other things — change election protocol.

Why Obamacare Offers Voter Registration: Because it has always has been a vote-buying scheme.  During the past week conservatives have been all atwitter, as it were, about a development that shouldn't have surprised anyone with the slightest familiarity with the Obama administration or the Democrat party.  It seems that the online application drafted by HHS for those who wish to buy health coverage through Obamacare's insurance exchanges asks applicants if they would like to register to vote, and facilitates that process if the answer is "yes."  Conservatives are outraged that "reform" is being used to bolster the roles of registered Democrats.

Wrong Battle, Wrong Enemy.  Here is the problem:  low-information voters are a big chunk of the electorate, especially in the Democratic Party, but the Republican Party isn't free of them either.  These are the voters who could not tell you if the national debt is $16 million or $16 trillion.  They don't know anything about the criticisms of how our government handled Benghazi.  Ben Ghazi?  Isn't he an actor?  Fast & Furious is a movie, not a scandal.  They know that gay marriage is a good thing because all their favorite actors and musicians think it is so cool!  And "assault weapons" are those guns they see in movies, firing hundreds of rounds a minute.

Low-Info Voters Just Not Interested In Politics.  How many times have you tried to have a serious conversation about current events only to have your listeners say, "I'm not interested in politics"?  These are the low-info voters that the Republicans have never been able to communicate with but the Democrats know exactly how to reach them.  That is why they concentrate their connections in the mainstream media and Hollywood and why these voters know more about the Kardashians than what the fiscal cliff means to the economy or where Benghazi is.

Low Information Voter Thoughts.  We have weekends off, thanks to unions.  If enough people join unions, we can get the other five days off.

The suspect numbers coming out of Florida.  Locals will have to provide the specifics, but the reason Obama won the election comes down to two major variables:  advertising and vote harvesting. [...] The vote harvester's mission is to gather unthinking collectives of potential voters — nursing home residents, college students, skid-row dwellers — and get them to vote.  Harvesting does not necessarily mean fraud, but it clearly encourages it.  Early voting makes harvesting all the more economical.  Fewer people on the ground can get more accomplished.

Group home accused of taking patients to vote for Obama, as agency disputes claim.  The father of a mentally handicapped woman claims his daughter and others were "carted off" to a North Carolina polling site last week and "coaxed" into voting for President Obama by workers of the group home where she stays — a claim the owner of the home disputes and that apparently has not yet triggered an investigation by election officials.

Concerns raised over possible exploitation of mentally disabled voters.  Jimmy Green's stepdaughter had never voted before.  The 57-year-old is mentally disabled, and Green said she doesn't understand the concept of casting a ballot.  But this week, she called her parents to say she had voted for President Obama.  The care home in Fayetteville where she lives registered its residents to vote and drove them to the polls, Green said.  "My concern is that somebody told her who to vote for," he said.  "She didn't even know there's two different parties."

Chapel Hill Killer Registered At and Voted From Mental Hospital.  Recent stepped-up voter registration efforts at state mental hospitals and facilities for the developmentally disabled resulted in the registration of Wendell Justin Williamson, who in 1995 killed two people in Chapel Hill and was judged not guilty by reason of insanity.  Election records show Williamson, a patient at Central Regional Hospital in Butner, was registered on Sept. 13 as an unaffiliated voter.  He cast an absentee ballot that was accepted Oct. 15 by the Granville County Board of Elections.

The Editor says...
How many non-Democrats are in favor of "voter registration efforts at state mental hospitals"?  Does the average American want this country's course plotted by insane and/or retarded citizens who have been "assisted" by ACORN activists, or the equivalent?  Certainly not!

Obama Supporters Clueless About the Benghazi Attack.  This is how Obama got elected the first time.  And if he gets reelected, one big reason will be the this, the unbelievable ignorance of the average voter.

Did someone mention the Benghazi attack?

Voting is a Right, Not a Duty.  You have the right to vote, not a duty to do so.  In much the same way, you have the right to worship freely, the right to express your views, the right to run for public office  — but no obligation to do any of them.  Just as freedom of religion encompasses the freedom to practice no religion, your freedom to vote for the candidate of your choice includes the freedom to vote for no candidate at all.

If You're Too Incompetent or Lazy to Get ID, We're Better Off If You Don't Vote.  Liberals have dug up some 93-year-old codger in Pennsylvania who's too lazy or incompetent to get ID so she can vote and they're demanding we leave the election in that state wide open to fraud in order to cater to her.

Those who cannot read a ballot should not vote.
Education And The Texas Vote.  For years the left leaning political movement has placed trained political activists in the poorest of [Rio Grande] Valley neighborhoods.  These people, who are paid by the number of people they get to the polls, recruit their own following of voters.  Those who have little education are encouraged to request absentee ballots.  When the ballots arrive these activist leaders "help" the recipients with their voting.  These same activists also arrange for their charges to attend the free food, drink and music "Pachanga" (party or bash) events of supported candidates for office.  Those not be able to read are instructed on where the single party voting lever on machines can be found or which block to mark on paper ballots.  On Election Day and even during early voting, their charges are picked up and delivered to the polls.

The Data Behind Romney's 47% Comments.  In his comments to fundraisers captured on video, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said 47% of Americans would almost automatically vote for President Barack Obama because they were "dependent" on the government, in part because they received government benefits and paid no federal income taxes.  In a press conference late Monday [9/17/2012], Mr. Romney said his comments were "not elegantly stated" while at the same time reiterating the main point.  Our translation:  If you don't pay federal income taxes, you may not be swayed by a candidate that wants to cut them.

The Editor says...
Allow me to propose a solution:  If you are under 65 and you pay no taxes, you should not be allowed to vote.  Voting should be limited to those who work and produce — not the sponges who absorb billions of taxpayer dollars every year.  The way things stand now, there is a point — which we may have already reached — where the freeloaders reach critical mass, and only vote for the politicians who promise to keep the gravy train moving at full speed.

For Mature Audiences Only.  Almost four decades ago, the 26th Amendment lowered the US voting age to 18.  At the time, most neurologists believed that the human brain was fully developed by about age 12, so allowing Americans to vote at 18 seemed like a safe move.  But parents of teenagers knew that was nonsense, and new research is confirming those parental observations.

Repeal the 26th Amendment!.  Adopted in 1971 at the tail end of the Worst Generation's anti-war protests, the argument for allowing children to vote was that 18-year-olds could drink and be conscripted into the military, so they ought to be allowed to vote.  But 18-year-olds aren't allowed to drink anymore.  We no longer have a draft.  In fact, while repealing the 26th Amendment, we ought to add a separate right to vote for members of the military, irrespective of age.  As we have learned from ObamaCare, young people are not considered adults until age 26, at which point they are finally forced to get off their parents' health care plans.

If You Don't Know What's Going On, Don't Vote.  No doubt many of you could get caught up in that excitement and be tempted to exercise your Constitutional privilege to vote.  Not because you know what's going on, but because somebody told you it's the "right thing to do."  Trust me, it's not.  There are millions of Americans with a huge stake in Tuesday's outcome, and the thought of some vapid nitwits negating our carefully considered choices is a bit nauseating.  One day off from self-inflicted ignorance in order to "Rock the Vote" simply doesn't cut it.

Freedom is Hard Work.  The Founders were endlessly concerned about giving ordinary Americans an unprecedented measure of liberty as offered by the Constitution they were drafting.  They wondered if regular folk could muster the sophistication necessary to make rational, intelligent decisions at the polls... Fast forward to 2009 and it's easy to see why the Founders were so worried.  In spite of various streams of round-the-clock news and data, most of our electorate is misinformed, blissfully ignorant or simply apathetic with respect to the means by which they are governed.

We would be better off if fewer people voted.  Does this seem out-of-line?  Suggesting that people who vote should be American citizens, non-felons, informed, not-crazy, and able to speak English if they're going to be voting?  I don't think so.  That's why if anything, we'd be better off encouraging people like that to stay home, instead of encouraging them to vote.

Stay home; don't vote.  Here they come — the earnest exhortations to get out and vote.  You'll be hearing it from television newscasters, MTV, newspaper ads, radio talk show hosts, weathermen, schoolteachers ... you get the idea.  Everyone has a duty to vote, they will say.  No they don't.  If a person is utterly ignorant about matters of public policy, then he or she has a solemn obligation to refrain from voting.  The percentage of people who fall into the utterly ignorant category is estimated to be about 25 percent of eligible voters.

Are facts obsolete?  People who have made up their minds and don't want to be confused by the facts are a danger to the whole society.  Since the votes of such people count just as much as the votes of people who know what they are talking about, politicians have every incentive to pass laws and create policies that pander to ignorant notions, if those notions are widespread.

Get-out-the-dopes drives:  While it is true that each succeeding generation is more deeply immersed in a decadent popular culture and more devoid of important knowledge than the one that preceded it, the existence of uninformed people is not unprecedented.  What is unprecedented, though, is our obsession with encouraging such people to exercise greater control over our lives and those of our progeny, over policies that can send us down a road toward prosperity or one toward destruction, by encouraging them to vote.  What I'm talking about is that another election is approaching and, as always, we see organizations that launch "Get Out the Vote Drives."

A Skeptic's View of Voting:  Let's face it, ladies and gentlemen, if we raised the voting age to, say, 25, the Democratic party would go the way of the dodo and the Whigs.  Liberals want young kids voting for pretty much the same cynical reason they want to extend suffrage to illegal aliens, convicted felons and dead people.  It takes a certain mentality, a certain degree of gullibility, after all, to believe … that "hope" and "change" are any more profound and meaningful than "Tastes great, less filling" or "My bologna has a first name."

Generation Gap:  Today, Americans under the age of 30 are by far the most Democratic age group in the electorate.  They are also by far the most liberal age group.  In the 2006 national exit poll, self-identified liberals outnumbered self-identified conservatives 34 percent to 25 percent.  In contrast, self-identified conservatives outnumbered self-identified liberals by 33 percent to 18 percent among those 30 and older.

The ignorant American voter.  Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University, observes in a new study for the Cato Institute that voters tend to be "abysmally ignorant of even very basic political information."  This may not be news to scholars, who have documented it in depressing detail, "but the sheer depth of most individual voters' ignorance is shocking to observers not familiar with the research."

Too Uninformed to Vote?  A very high percentage of the U.S. electorate isn't very well qualified to vote, if by "qualified" you mean having a basic understanding of our government, its functions and its challenges.  Almost half of the American public doesn't know that each state gets two senators.  More than two-thirds can't explain the gist of what the Food and Drug Administration does.

Could It Be that Florida Democrats Are Too Stupid to Vote?  Of course, the "uncounted votes" which somehow always are found in boxes, or in this case, machines, that were "sitting in a warehouse uncounted" have also been unsupervised by pollwatchers.  In both Chicago and in Miami-Dade, this problem only seems to afflict Democratic Precincts in close elections.

On the other hand...
Pandering to the crackpot left:  You'll recall that last month, Mrs. Heinz Kerry put on her shiniest tinfoil hat and blamed the Democrats' loss in November on rigged voting machines.  As reported in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Mrs. Heinz Kerry openly questioned the election results and fixated on areas of the country where optical scanners were used to record votes.  "Two brothers own 80 percent of the machines used in the United States," Mrs. Heinz Kerry intoned, and it is "very easy to hack into the mother machines."

Can Your Vote Be Bought?  Given his incompetence in handling the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it was surprising to many that Mayor Ray Nagin was reelected.  A poster on the Huffington Post put this absurdity down to the stupidity of the New Orleans voters.  Next month, we'll see if New Yorkers will rate the same judgment.  Both Mayor Bloomberg and many City Council members will be seeking reelection despite residents voting for term limits twice.

This sounds like an idea you'd expect to hear in a communist dictatorship.
Desperation: Obama Surrogate Calls to Make Voting Mandatory.  Peter Orszag, former head of the Obama Office of Management and Budget, is desperate.  With even Roll Call recognizing that President Obama is fighting an uphill battle for re-election, Orszag is floating a trial balloon:  mandatory voting.

Voter Apathy Isn't a Crime.  It's a sure sign someone is losing when he demands that the rules be changed.  That might explain the renewed interest in forcing people to vote against their will.  Peter Orszag, President Obama's former budget director and now a vice chairman at Citigroup, recently wrote a column for Bloomberg View arguing for making voting mandatory.


Illegal aliens are illegal voters.

Illegal Aliens can vote in some US cities.  The U.S. Constitution grants voting rights only to American citizens.  However, in Montgomery County, Maryland, six cities (Garrett Park, Takoma Park, Somerset, Chevy Chase, Martin's Additions and Barnesville) allow illegal aliens to vote in local elections.

Purging illegal aliens from voter rolls isn't easy.  President Clinton signed the motor-voter legislation into law, hailing it for increasing voter participation by simplifying registration.  But many states do not verify citizenship when residents apply for licenses, which allows noncitizens to get on voting rolls.

[Thanks a lot, Bill.]

The illegal alien swing vote:  Why is it that we can't protect our elections from people who have no right to vote, no right to be here, and no right to undermine our safety or sovereignty?

Let immigrants vote?  No!  Our Constitution begins "We the people of the United States" not "We the inhabitants" or "We the taxpayers" or "We the consumers."  Our political institutions therefore ought to be reserved for the American people — citizens either by birth or by choice, joined in the common goal of forming a more perfect union.

No history, no study, no debate.  The Associated Press and various newspapers reported this month that the University of California at Los Angeles' Chicano Studies Research Center released a "study" that recommended allowing California's 4.6 million non-citizens to vote in local elections.  But there was no study.  There was no new research or in-depth information.




Tampering with the Electoral College

Five festering problems the Democrats cynically ignore.  [#5] The connection between illegal immigration and California's electoral power:  California declared itself a sanctuary state and now houses a quarter of the nation's illegal immigrants.  The elected officials at all levels of that state government will openly defy any attempts to enforce existing federal law that could reduce the number of illegal immigrants.  The massive presence of illegals distorts our representative system.  There are at least 4 million illegals in California.  It requires a special liberal variety of naïvité to believe that none of them votes.  Even if none does, they are all counted in the census, which determines congressional representation and some federal funding allocations.  If only citizens were counted, California would have five fewer congressional seats and electoral votes.  Those seats would go to, for example, Ohio (2), Michigan, and Pennsylvania.  The Democrats who've declared California a sanctuary state know exactly what they are doing.

Trump Gores a Sacred Cow, and Liberals Lament.  Ours is not a direct democracy.  The president is not elected by a direct vote of the people.  The Electoral College stands between the people and the president because most of the Founders feared the masses and wanted an institution in place as a balance against their numbers.  Our "checks and balances" system includes this check against the people themselves.  Essentially, it is the first and final check to protect us from ourselves.

Ginsburg wants to change the Electoral College.  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she wants to change the Electoral College.  Asked at Stanford University on Monday night about what she would like to change, Ginsburg exclaimed, "the Electoral College!" She also decried partisanship and lamented the death penalty during her appearance at Stanford, according to the Mercury News.  "If I were queen, there would be no death penalty," Ginsburg said.

National Popular Vote Compact Threatens Republic.  "The Electoral College is a vestige, it's a carryover from an earlier vision of how our federal government was going to work that put a lot of premium on states."  That is what former "constitutional law professor" and now-former U.S. President Barack Obama told reporters at a press conference on December 16, 2016.  The president's remarks echoed those shared by a great many Americans outraged at how, despite "officially" losing the national popular vote to Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump won the presidential election because of the Electoral College.  In a day and age when presidents from both political parties, and other elected officials across the political spectrum, perpetually refer to the United States as a democracy, with millions more being taught the same in public schools and colleges across the country, it comes as no surprise that many millions of voters feel disenfranchised.

McConnell had to talk Trump out of trying to abolish the Electoral College.  Now this, from the Wall Street Journal, is amusing.  President Trump apparently told congressional leaders in a recent White House meeting that he wanted to abolish the Electoral College, but was talked out of it by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

New York Times Quietly Runs Stunning Correction On Editorial Attacking Electoral College.  The New York Times quietly issued a major correction to an editorial attacking the electoral college in December, admitting it has in fact defended the electoral college at a time when it was politically expedient for Democrats.  The paper ran the editorial calling for an end to the electoral college in December, when Democrats were harping on the fact that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton beat President Donald Trump in the popular vote, and calling for reforms to make the system more "fair."  Obviously seeking to avoid the editorial position as politically motivated, the editorial emphasized what turned out to be a false claim that the paper has opposed the electoral college system for 80 years.

Girl Scouts and the War on Trump.  To a large and vocal minority on the left, Trump isn't just the guy who shouldn't have won; his presidency is illegitimate.  We needn't waste time debunking arguments that back up this assertion.  If you don't like the Electoral College, take it up with James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, not Trump.  And as despicable as Moscow's tactics were, it's ridiculous to assert that leaked emails saying almost nothing about Hillary Clinton herself had more of an impact on public opinion than the Democratic candidate's credibility problems.  Trump isn't going to be a normal president anymore than he was a normal candidate, but none of that takes away the legitimacy that his 306 Electoral College votes conferred upon him.

Obama Still Doesn't Get America.  For Obama, the US Constitution is just an obstacle to be circumvented or simply ignored.  A few weeks ago he told us that the Electoral College is "outdated" apparently because the American States are now largely under the thumb of the Feds.  The Electoral College was originally designed to give States a voice in the election of the Chief Executive of the nation.  My interpretation of his casual put-down was this:  The States used to be the major unit of governance in America, subordinate only to the US Constitution.  But today the power-hungry left has succeeded in slicing our people by race, by gender, by class, by favorite sexual objects, and now by religion — if one considers Islam as mainly a religion rather than as a theology of conquest.  (It is both).  In Obama's mind, maybe the Electoral College should represent his favorite demographics:  blacks, liberal whites, gays and lesbians, and so on.  Those artificial "identity blocks" are what he really cares about.

Biden gavels down die-hard Clinton loving Democrats who launch futile protests against the electoral vote.  Democrats were shut down in their final, futile attempt to protest President-elect Donald Trump's electoral college win — and this time it was Vice President Joe Biden wielding procedure against them.  Congress met in a Joint Session Friday to certify the electoral college, which met in December in state capitols across the country.  'It is over,' Biden said at one point, after shutting down an array of Democrats who tried to force a debate on the certification of the vote.

Durbin: More States Should Sign on to End Run Around Electoral College.  Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) vowed last week to spend the new year and new Congress pushing for a "one person, one vote" scrapping of the electoral college.  Durbin acknowledges this won't come easily with a Republican House, Senate and White House, so he's hoping a state-by-state workaround does the trick.

The failed electoral-college rebellion bodes ill for future elections.  The last-ditch effort by some Democrats to thwart a Donald Trump presidency ended in a fizzle on December 19th.  The 538 members of the electoral college — the body that officially elects America's chief executive, as ordained by Article II of the constitution — handed the real-estate magnate 304 votes, two shy of the total he was projected to win after the people voted on November 8th but a comfortable 34 votes more than the 270 he needed to win a majority.  Mr Trump is set to be inaugurated as America's 45th president on January 20th.  The ill-fated Hail Mary was lobbed by a number of liberal intellectuals, including Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard law professor and short-lived 2016 presidential candidate.

Surprise! Electoral college 'rebels' who wanted to stop Trump Were in touch with Clinton campaign.  Senior advisors to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign kept in touch by phone and email with a driver of the ill-fated, last-ditch effort to dump Donald Trump at the electoral college.  The advisors kept tabs on Colorado elector Micheal Baca, who was helping try to persuade Republican members of the Electoral College to vote against Trump.  The effort ultimately flamed out, although a handful of Clinton electors ultimately ended up voting for other people.  Baca himself is facing prosecution for his decision to cast his vote for Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich rather than Clinton, notwithstanding a state law directing him to back Clinton and the oath he swore.

Sore Loser Theater:  Washington Post Pushes To End Electoral College.  They just can't move on.  Can't let go.  Though, let's face it, the Washington Post's EJ Dionne is a bit late to this pity party.  On the other hand, Democrats will surely be whining about the Electoral College for years to come.  If they can still whine about Al Gore losing to George Bush legally in Florida 2000, well, they can whine about Hillary losing the election fair and square for at least till the next election.

Clinton Quietly Supported Electors That Didn't Vote For Her.  Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's staff supported the "Hamilton Electors" and their potential coup behind the scenes, the same group that voted against her in the Electoral College, according to a Thursday report from Politico.  Clinton staffers Jennifer Palmieri and Jake Sullivan never officially endorsed the movement, but email records obtained by Politico show that the aides discussed strategy with the electors by email, text, and phone conversations weeks in advance of the Dec. 19 vote of the Electoral College nationwide.  Even though the Clinton camp was willing to discuss strategy, some of the electors think the effort could have been more successful if they were willing to help publicly.

Electoral College Defectors Maintained Contact With Hillary Campaign.  Well, look at this!  Politico has revealed that those in the electoral college who wanted to cause a ruckus on Monday kept in close contact with Hillary Clinton's top aides Jake Sullivan and Jennifer Palmieri. [...] They only needed 37 of the 306 Republicans within the college to defect.  Their efforts died, though, and in fact did the exact opposite.  Hillary lost more electors on Monday than Donald Trump.  [Micheal] Baca kept his word to Palmieri, but not to the state of Colorado.  Baca voted for Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich moments after he took an oath to vote for Hillary Clinton.  Electors at the Colorado capitol booed and shouted at him for defecting.  Baca now faces prosecution.

Exclusive: Clinton aides kept tabs on anti-Trump elector gambit.  Hillary Clinton's top advisers never publicly backed an effort by Democrats on the Electoral College to block Donald Trump's election.  When it failed on Monday [12/19/2016], one aide mocked it as an unserious "coup" attempt.  But a batch of correspondence obtained by POLITICO shows members of Clinton's inner circle — including senior aides Jake Sullivan and Jennifer Palmieri — were in touch for weeks with one of the effort's organizers as they mounted their ill-fated strategy.  And despite repeated requests for guidance, Clinton's team did not wave them off.

Meet the Dems who want to abolish the Electoral College.  Democrats in both the House and Senate have introduced legislation aimed at building pressure to scrap the centuries-old system, and replace it with a simple popular vote.  Under the change, Clinton would have become the 45th president of the United States, since she won about 3 million more votes than Trump.  Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., proposed a resolution to amend the Constitution to end the Electoral College, and dozens of House Democrats are supporting three separate House resolutions that would do the same thing.  Some Democrats have indicated support for the idea, even if they haven't yet joined the legislation.

Faithless, Senseless Electors.  Faith Spotted Eagle is a Yankton Sioux Nation protester of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Without ever running for president, she is now one of two women in American history to win an Electoral College vote for president.  (In 1972, Tonie Nathan won one vote for vice president, and Geraldine Ferraro and Sarah Palin received plenty in their respective years.)  My view on Hillary Clinton is pretty clear, but she went out and earned 228 electoral votes this year.  She got shortchanged, and so did Trump.  Neither Kasich nor Ron Paul qualified as write-in candidates in Texas this year, meaning they received no votes.  Powell, Spotted Eagle, and Paul didn't even run for president this year; Kasich explicitly said he didn't want faithless electors to vote for him.  Please explain to me what's good and noble and inspiring about these faithless electors making a big show about how they just can't go along with everyone else's decision and their previous pledges, and how different and special they are compared to everyone else.

After Claiming They Were Always Against Electoral College, New York Times Backtracks.  As if the New York Times didn't already issue enough corrections, they did it again Wednesday [12/21/2016].  After publishing a long-winded rant in Tuesday's paper calling for the electoral college system to be abolished, the editorial board was forced to apologize for making inaccurate claims about the paper's historical stance on the electoral college.  The original article entitled, "Time to End the Electoral College," was just as bad as it sounds.  The article was full of false claims, from claiming the electoral college was built on slavery, to claiming that voters in California and New York get less representation than voters in Texas and Idaho.  On top of that, apparently, the paper can't even get their own history right.

Defeated Democrats' new attack line:  The Electoral College is racist.  Democrats still mourning the outcome of last month's election have added a new step to their grieving process: leveling charges of racism against those who support the constitutional method of electing the president.  In keeping with the process stipulated in the Twelfth Amendment, 538 electors representing all 50 states gathered on Monday [12/19/2016] to cast their ballots for the 45th president.  The result — that Donald Trump will officially enter the Oval Office on Jan. 20 — was affirmed by the Electoral College, an institution the Left is now casting as racist and anti-Democratic.

The Electoral College is actually awesome.  That "faithless elector" project wound up backfiring on Clinton supporters and Trump opponents.  While activists predicted a significant drain of support from Trump — activist attorney Larry Lessig claimed that nearly two dozen electors had contacted his organization for potential legal support — only two electors changed their vote from Trump, both in Texas.  Meanwhile, Clinton lost five electors from three different states, which had the net effect of increasing Trump's margin of victory from 74 electoral votes to 77 (306-232 to 304-227).  Now that electors have fulfilled their roles almost entirely as written, Trump opponents have shifted away from casting the Electoral College as a last bulwark against the bad choices of the voters, and back to a historical anachronism that defeats the purpose of democracy.  While electors gathered to cast their votes and it became clear that the faithless-elector project had laid an egg, The New York Times editorial board demanded an end to the Electoral College.

Use the Electoral College Properly or Lose It.  An elector's job is not to inspire disappointed activists.  It's to maintain public trust in the electoral system.

Final tally shows Trump lost popular vote by 2.8 million — but he beat Clinton by 3 million votes outside of California and New York.  Final vote tallies from the November 8 election show that Democrat Hillary Clinton out-polled President-elect Donald Trump by 2.8 million votes while losing the contest by a wide margin in the all-important Electoral College.  Her upper hand with voters, however, came down to performances in New York and California that were far stronger than necessary.

Townhall: Michael Moore's bribe to get electors to switch votes a felony.  In a desperate effort to get GOP electors to switch their votes, wealthy filmmaker Michael Moore offered to pay whatever fines might be leveled against the electors by their states.  But, Christine Rousselle noted at Townhall, that bribe is actually a felony.  "As pointed out by political comedian Tim Young, Moore's offer to pay the fine for voting for someone other than Trump is a violation of 52 USC 10307 (c), and is punishable with up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine," Rousselle said.

Former DOJ Lawyer:  Threatening Electors Is 'Political Terrorism'.  Despite intimidation and even death threats received by Republican members of the Electoral College, President-elect Donald Trump still received enough votes Monday to become the nation's next president.  However, should the Department of Justice be investigating these threats?  One former DOJ official thinks so.  Joining "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, J. Christian Adams called these death threats "political terrorism" punishable as federal crimes.

Electoral College vote goes down in history as most rebellious ever with seven ignoring their oaths and most of them abandoning Clinton — not Trump.  Tuesday's Electoral College balloting produced more 'faithless electors' than any other presidential election in history, but the rebels mostly fled from Hillary Clinton's column, not Donald Trump's.  When the dust settled, five electors had abandoned the Democratic candidate and just two ditched the Republican victor.

NY Times calls for end to Electoral College.  The New York Times is calling for an end to the Electoral College.  Americans would prefer by overwhelming majorities to elect a president using a popular vote system, the newspaper's editorial board said in a piece published Monday.  "They understand, on a gut level, the basic fairness of awarding the nation's highest office on the same basis as every other elected office — to the person who gets the most votes," the editorial said.

The Electoral College Stopped California From Picking Our Next President.  That's A Good Thing.  I was born in California, raised in California, and went to public school in California until I graduated High School.  I love California.  I also believe that the Electoral College did its job and prevented California from being the  kingmaker queenmaker in 2016.  You're likely familiar with the argument that the Electoral College is designed to put a check on direct democracy and prevent bigger population centers — like coastal urban cities — from having too much influence over the country.  That's why, though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, she lost the election.

Why won't mainstream media mention all the death and economic threats aimed at Trump Electors?  Here are some of the news coverage of the death threats received by electors who are voting for Trump.  I can't find these stories in places such as the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and USA Today.

Four Washington state electors break ranks and don't vote for Clinton.  Hillary Clinton won the state's popular vote, but three of 12 members of the Electoral College voted for Colin Powell, a former secretary of state; and one voted for Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American elder from South Dakota.

Democrats Need To Win Elections, Not Flip Electors.  At the risk of engaging in a hit-and-run argument, I wanted to go on record to say that I think this is a bad idea.  My reasons are best encapsulated in this tweetstorm by the political scientist Matt Glassman, who notes that there is a strong precedent toward electors abiding by the vote in their states.  Other than a few one-off cases like Leach, the historical norm has been that electors stick with the voters' choice unless the candidate died, as in the case of Greeley or the losing vice presidential candidate James S. Sherman in 1912.

A Historic Number of Electors Defected, and Most Were Supposed to Vote for Clinton.  The Electoral College on Monday [12/19/2016] voted for Donald J. Trump to win the presidency.  Seven electors, the most ever, voted for someone other than their party's nominee.

Kellyanne Conway:  Electors' concern over Russian hacking allegations is 'nonsense'.  Earlier this month, the CIA concluded in a secret assessment that Russia meddled in the election to help Trump win the presidency.  FBI Director James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. agreed with the CIA's assessment.  The reports have prompted some electoral voters to call for an intelligence briefing on the extent of any Russian interference before the electoral college vote on Monday [12/19/2016].  John Podesta, former chairman of Hillary Clinton's campaign, has publicly supported those electors' demands.

So much for Clinton's rebellion.  Donald Trump has officially crossed the 270-vote mark to win the Electoral College as plans for a shock rebellion vote crumbled.  Electors from Texas casted their ballots at around 10.30 pm GMT (17.30 EST) to confirm Trump's momentous win.  Despite calls from a number of electors urging for other Electoral College members to vote against Trump, just two 'faithless' Republican electors voted against the Republican candidate — while four deserted defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Hawaii 'faithless elector' breaks law to cast dissenting vote.  Hawaii's four electors cast their votes for president Monday at the state Capitol building, and one broke the law.  Elector David Mulinix cast his vote for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders rather than Hillary Clinton, who won the presidential election in Hawaii.  Hawaii law requires electors to vote for the winner of the popular vote in the presidential election.

Carlson Blasts Efforts to Flip GOP Electors: 'They Don't Believe in Democracy'.  With the electors of the Electoral College set to convene in state capitals across the country Monday [12/19/2016] to make the results of the presidential election official, many are calling on Republican electors to go against President-elect Donald Trump.  On "Fox & Friends" this morning, Tucker Carlson said any electors who go against the public vote are betraying their pledge and their commitment to democracy.

Electoral college formally elects Donald Trump as president.  The denouement of the 2016 election came on Monday, as electors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia formally elected Donald Trump as president of the United States.  An effort by anti-Trump activists, who had urged electors to back efforts led by celebrities and academics to cast their ballots at variance with election results to keep Trump from reaching the necessary 270 electoral votes, came to practically nothing.  With counts still ongoing in California and Texas, the number of electoral college members who attempted to cast a protest vote was likely to reach at least nine.  In some state capitals, proceedings were met with protests.

Donald Trump wins Electoral College as attempts to cause rebellion turn to farce with Democrats deserting Hillary.  Donald Trump officially crossed the line to 270 electoral votes with electors in Texas casting a ballot for the Republican shortly before 5:30 p.m.  EST.  Calls for Trump to be voted down by members of the Electoral College were roundly ignored on Monday — with only two 'faithless' Republican electors rejecting the president-elect and four deserting Democrat Hillary Clinton.  Several more electors tried to ditch the Democratic loser, in an effort to pressure Republicans into doing the same and selecting a more moderate GOP president.

It Is a Beautiful Day:  The 2016 Election Ends.  [Scroll down]  No, see, when you pledge, 'I will do X," and then turn around and say, 'on second thought, now that it's too late to replace me, I have decided I will not do X,' then most people define that as being faithless, or a betrayal of other's faith placed in you.  The seriously under-covered aspect of today is how many foolhardy Democratic electors may decide to not vote for Hillary Clinton in a long-shot hope that lots of Republicans will prefer some other GOP candidate.

Democrats Inflate Electoral College Vote into Another Burst Bubble for Clinton.  It's hard to keep track of how many times Clinton has lost the 2016 election now.  Jill Stein's absurd recount theatrics wasted millions of left-wing dollars — and millions of taxpayer dollars, too! — to accomplish a second validation of Clinton's loss in several key states.  Democrats then sank deep into a fantasy about Clinton's popular-vote lead somehow overturning the results of the actual election, but everyone and their uncle knows that the winner is not decided by the total number of ballot-box votes.  Now the "faithless elector" fantasy is blowing up in their faces.

Electoral College Members Receive Death Threats for Promising to Back Trump as President.  Members of the Electoral College have received troubling messages and death threats as they get closer and closer to the moment where they will presumably confirm Donald Trump as America's next president.  Demonstrations against Trump continue across the country, and people have been pressuring electors to revolt by not voting on Monday for their state's popular vote winner.  CNN spoke with Michigan elector Michael Banerian, who has received a variety of messages demanding that he change his vote (even though Michigan state law forbids people like Banerian from doing so).

'Faithless' Electoral College voter deserts Clinton for Sanders — as calls for them to dump Trump are roundly ignored.  Calls for Trump to be voted down by members of the Electoral College were roundly ignored on Monday — with only two 'faithless' Republican electors rejecting the president-elect and four deserting Democrat Hillary Clinton.  Several more electors tried to ditch the Democratic loser, in an effort to pressure Republicans into doing the same and selecting a more moderate GOP president.  Trump applauded his victory when that scheme didn't work and flaunted it in front of the media.

Watch: Protesters harangue electors for voting for Trump.  Protesters harangued electors not to cast their votes for President-elect Trump during Monday's Electoral College meetings around the country.  The protests took place at state capitol buildings around the country, with protesters attempting to shame electors into casting their votes against the New York Republican.

Here's What Happens If 'Faithless' Electors Try To Overturn Election Results.  What happens if, on December 19, more than three-dozen Trump electors abandon their pledges, their party and their promises, and vote for Hillary instead of Trump?  Is that it?  Election over?  Coup finished?  Three dozen no names and nobodies just reversed the votes of more than 60 million in more than 30 states?  Not so fast, as the football analyst legend Lee Corso would say.  Congress and courts established a range of precautions against such rogue actions.

Maine elector announces he'll vote for Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary.  Virtually all of the agitation within the electoral college in favor of dumping Trump is coming from blue-state electors who are pledged to Hillary.  If they decide to vote for John Kasich or Mitt Romney or "Anyone But Trump" instead of her, that costs Trump nothing.  Those are votes that come out of Hillary's column, not his.  At least in that scenario, though, where electors are switching from Clinton to some anti-Trump Republican alternative, the elector's intent in casting a protest vote is clear.  They don't really prefer President Kasich to President Clinton, they're just trying to encourage red-state electors to withhold their votes from Trump by reassuring them that someone from the GOP will benefit if they join an anti-Trump revolt.

Michigan elector speaks out on 'nasty' death threats.  Michael Banerian reacts on 'America's Newsroom' [12/19/2016] to bullying ahead of his vote and questions surrounding the process.  [Video clip]

Here's What Happens If 'Faithless' Electors Try To Overturn Election Results.  At the outset, it is important to note that the mythical version of the electoral college — as a "check" against the electorate with a right to vote one's "conscience" against the people — was rejected in the very first election it was used, subsequently invalidated formally in the adoption of the 12th Amendment, and recognized by the Supreme Court and leading jurists and scholars alike.  The twinned SCOTUS decisions of McPherson v.  Blacker, 146 U.S. 1 (1892) (states enjoy plenary and exclusive power over electors) and Ray v.  Blair, 343 U.S. 214 (1952) (finding since the first election of electors role as "simply to register the will of the people") made that history clear.  Whatever Hamilton thought, the actual voters rejected it, and the Twelfth Amendment chose the voters' method rather than Hamilton's.

"Faithless" — and Destructive.  There are 538 Electoral College delegates.  This year, 306 are Republicans and 232 are Democrats.  To win, a candidate needs the votes of 270 electors.  In other words, for the plotters to succeed, at least 37 electors must switch their votes from Trump to some other candidate.  Since the election of 1832, no more than one elector in any cycle has ever has ever voted against his or her pledged candidate.

Activist Larry Lessig Concedes Efforts to Turn Electoral College Against Trump on Road to Failure.  Just days before the Electoral College is slated to hold its vote, Harvard law professor and progressive activist Larry Lessig conceded that as of today, only a "handful" of electors will likely ultimately vote against Donald Trump unless the number of electors who pledge to do so climbs above 40.  Lessig co-founded a group called the Electors Trust, which is leading a last-ditch effort to stop Trump from becoming president by providing legal representation to renegade electors and offering them a confidential space to air their intentions.

Pennsylvania electors get police protection: 'This is stupid'.  On Monday [12/19/2016], they will travel to the state Capitol to cast their votes to assign Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes to Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence during what has, in the past, been a ceremonial and largely unnoticed event.  Not this year.  This time around, the electors will be greeted by organized protests, urging them to assign Pennsylvania's electoral votes to anyone but Trump.  One elector, Ash Khare, said he and each of the 19 others have been assigned a plainclothes state police trooper for protection.

Electors won't get intelligence briefing: report.  Voters in the Electoral College will not receive an intelligence briefing about Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, according to a new report.  Sources told NPR the electors would not receive any national intelligence before they cast ballots this Monday.  Fifty-four of the 232 Democratic electors had signed a letter asking for a briefing before the Electoral College's vote, according to reports.

No record of 'faithless elector' Chris Suprun as a 9/11 first responder.  [Scroll down]  The City of Manassas Park confirmed to WFAA that it hired Suprun on October 10, 2001, one month after the 9/11 attacks.  The fire chief there added that his department never even responded to the Pentagon or any of the 9/11 sites.  "It's no different than stolen valor for the military; dressing up and saying 'Hey, I earned a Purple Heart' when you weren't even in combat.'  There's a big difference between shopping at Old Navy and being a Navy SEAL," said the first responder who knows him.  But Suprun's résumé raises even more questions.  It shows he was, at the time this story aired on WFAA, a paramedic with Air Methods air ambulance service.  But Christina Brodsly, a spokeswoman for that company, said he is not an employee there.

Obama: 'The Electoral College is a vestige'.  President Obama cast doubt on the continued need for the Electoral College on Friday [12/16/2016], seizing on a popular Democratic argument that has emerged since Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by millions of ballots but lost the Electoral College handily.  "The Electoral College is a vestige.  It's a carry-over from an earlier vision of how our federal government was going to work," Obama said during his final press conference of the year.  "There are some structures in our political system as envisioned by the founders that sometimes are going to disadvantage Democrats," he added.

Judge rejects Washington electors' attempt to avoid fine.  A longshot bid to deny Donald Trump the presidency suffered another setback Wednesday [12/14/2016] after a federal judge rejected an effort by two Democratic electors from Washington state to avoid being fined if they ignore the results of the state's popular vote.

The Myth of Hillary's Popular Vote 'Victory'.  Many modern liberals are fascists at heart who can't accept losing power; that's why Bush wasn't "their" president.  Those liberals are currently bemoaning the fact that Hillary won the popular vote which, according to them, means she should really be president, though were the case reversed we all know they'd be extolling the virtues of the Electoral College.  Driven by a lust for power liberals don't get that everyone has to follow the rules; demanding the rules change when you lose so that you can win is a sign of immaturity and an unhealthy need for control.

Celebrities beg electors to be 'heroes' and vote against Trump.  Celebrities are teaming up to beg Republicans in the Electoral College to vote against President-elect Donald Trump, pledging their "respect" for potential "heroes."  A slew of other has-been and B- or C-list celebs have piled on, calling for 37 "conscientious Republican electors" to swing the Dec. 19 Electoral College vote away from Trump.  The Republican is expected to win 306 votes — more than the 270 necessary to win — based on the results from last month's general election.

Why 'Hamilton Electors,' Who Would Make Hillary Clinton President, Are as Dead as Their Namesake.  Donald Trump's surprise election has made the Electoral College a thing again.  Sad Democrats and progressives, still looking for anyone and anything to blame besides their feckless candidate and the inept, celebrity-obsessed campaign she ran, are repeating their stages of grief from 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the White House to George W. Bush.  In both cases, the Dems could fixate on the Electoral College, that awful holdover from the country's slave-owning past.  But despite high-profile attempts to bend the rules before the Electoral College votes on December 19, there's no way [...] that Trump is not going to be the next president.  Whatever you think of either him or Clinton, that's not a bad thing.  It's the way the rules are supposed to work, and for good reasons.

Electors are being harassed, threatened in bid to stop Trump.  Electors around the country are being harassed with a barrage of emails, phone calls and letters — and even death threats — in an effort to block Donald Trump from being voted in as president by the Electoral College on Monday.  The bullying is overwhelming Sharon Geise's tech devices, but not her resolve to support Trump.  The Mesa, Arizona, grandmother woke up Wednesday morning to more than 1,500 emails demanding she not carry out her legal duty to vote for the president-elect.  "They just keep coming and coming," Geise told The [New York] Post, estimating she's received more than 50,000 emails since the election.

Electoral college voters will NOT rebel against Trump they say.  Republican electors are being swamped with pleas to buck tradition and cast ballots for someone else at meetings across the country Monday that are on course to ratify Trump as the winner.  Associated Press interviews with more than 330 electors from both parties found little appetite for a revolt.

Now Electoral College voters who will back Trump are sent death threats.  Members of the Electoral College are being threatened as they plan to vote on Monday for Donald Trump.  The New York Post found a number of Republican electors who find themselves being berated by Americans who would prefer them not to cast a vote for the Republican president-elect, who won the Electoral College, but not the popular vote.  One elector, Michael Banerian, a 22-year-old college student at the Oakland University in Michigan, told the Post he was getting death threats sent through the mail and over the internet via email, Facebook and Twitter.  'Somebody threatened to put a bullet in the back of my mouth,' Banerian told the newspaper.

CNN.com: Electoral College Is 'Democracy's Ugliest Anachronism'.  A Thursday op-ed on CNN.com outlined a proposal to "not only... end a Trump administration, but also to eradicate democracy's ugliest anachronism — the Electoral College."  Scott Piro hoped against hope that a group of Trump electors would switch their vote to Hillary Clinton, in order to gain "the bipartisan support needed to legislate it [the Electoral College] out of existence."  Piro contended that "if enough Trump electors voted for Clinton instead, it would give Republicans their own, distinct reason to loathe the Electoral College."  The editorial staff at CNN's website led into the columnist's piece, "It's time for the Electoral College to fall on its sword," with a short bio:  "Scott Piro is an independent media relations and copywriting professional, directing PR campaigns and designing messaging for startups, arts organizations, authors, publishers, corporations, nonprofits, indie films and other entities."

Electoral College death threats won't be the last bid to overturn the election.  The Electoral College is due to meet Monday, when the electors chosen on Nov. 8 will establish Donald Trump as the winner.  Then Democrats' efforts to steal the election will finally come to an end — right?  Don't bet on it.  So bitter are American liberals that they may go down as the sorest losers since the invention of democracy.  They're apt to try anything to overturn voters' decision.  Certainly Election Day didn't stop them, even though the Electoral College outcome was unambiguous, a landslide indicating that Donald Trump had secured 306 electoral votes to the 232 won by the Democratic nominee.  To the losers, that was a mere sideshow — something to be overturned somehow, anyhow.

Group Using Celebrities to Urge Electors to Vote Against Trump Has Foreign-Registered Website.  A new video of U.S. celebrities urging electors to vote against President-elect Donald Trump was made by an organization whose website was registered in a foreign country, despite its accusations that foreign influence was to blame for Trump's victory in the presidential election.  The video, released on Wednesday by a group called Unite for America, is framed as a public service announcement with celebrities such as Martin Sheen, Debra Messing, and James Cromwell begging Republican members of the Electoral College to cast their votes against Donald Trump on Dec. 19.

Electoral College voters under intense pressure.  The 538 delegates to the Electoral College will gather at governors' offices and statehouses across the country Monday to make President-elect Donald Trump's victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton official.  The results aren't expected to deviate much from Election Day, when Trump won 306 electoral votes to Clinton's 232.  Despite media coverage, social media chatter and announcements from a handful of electors who have made their protest votes public, it's unlikely that electors will defect in significant numbers.

Sole Republican elector who plans to vote against Trump is a '9/11 faker' whose claim to be a first responder at the Pentagon are false.  The Republican elector from Texas who refuses to cast his vote for Donald Trump at the Electoral College wrongly claimed to be a first responder during the September 11 attacks.  Chris Suprun, a Texas elector, said he was one of the first on scene after a third plane flew into the Pentagon on 9/11.  But in fact he was not employed as a firefighter at the Virginia department he often credits until a month after the attacks, according to an investigation by WFAA.

Report: 'Faithless Elector' Lied About Being A 9/11 First Responder.  The Texas elector who cited his experience as a 9/11 first responder for his refusal to vote for President-elect Donald Trump appears to have fabricated the entire thing, according to an investigation by local news outlet WFAA.  Chris Suprun said he responded with the Manassas Park, Va., fire department after the third plane hit the Pentagon during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.  But WFAA's investigation reveals that the department wasn't among those responding to the attacks.  What's more, Suprun didn't even join the fire department until October 2001 — a month after after the attacks.

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Fool me once, shame on you.

Full-page ads urge GOP electors not to vote for Trump.  Full-page ads created by a Democratic activist are urging Electoral College members to vote against President-elect Donald Trump on Monday [12/19/2016].  The ads, which began running in newspapers across the country Wednesday [12/14/2016], are funded by Daniel Brezenoff, who made a Change.org petition urging electors not to vote for Trump.  He told Politico the ad is not aimed at choosing Clinton or a specific Republican alternative to Trump but intended to inspire electors to use their own judgment before voting.

These godless wretches have never heard of the Golden Rule.
'We Have a Chance!' The View Crew Desperately Try to Get Trump Unelected.  Wednesday [12/14/2016] on The View, the ladies turned their self-admitted "rage" over the election results into a tentative plan of how to stop Trump from entering office.  Host Joy Behar argued that the Constitution left a "chance" for Trump to get forced out, with help from the electoral college.

Oath Keepers Pledge to Protect Electors from Terrorist Death Threats.  Oath Keepers is hereby issuing a standing offer of volunteer protection to any of the Electoral College Electors who may feel threatened or in danger from leftist radicals attempting to coerce them into changing their vote as Electors.

Bitter Dems plot to rig Electoral College vote.  Democrats — who once demanded Donald Trump accept the election results — are now trying to rig the Electoral College vote in their favor next Monday.  If electors fulfill their obligation and follow the will of the voters for their individual state, Trump should receive a total of 306 Electoral College votes.  But Democrats are demanding Republican electors change their votes to thwart a Trump victory.

Judge Says Electors Must Vote For Statewide Winner.  A federal judge dealt a severe setback Monday [12/12/2016] to a longshot plan to deny Donald Trump the presidency through the Electoral College, refusing to suspend a Colorado law requiring the state's nine electors to vote for the presidential candidate who won the state in November.

Plot To Use Russia As An Excuse To Steal The Presidency From Trump On Dec. 19th Or Jan. 6th.  Donald Trump could have the election legally stolen from him on either December 19th when the Electoral College casts their votes or on January 6th when a joint session of Congress gathers to count those votes.  The establishment is in full-blown panic mode at this point, and they seem to have settled on "Russian interference in the election" as the angle that they plan to use to try to deny Trump the presidency.  As you will see below, there is an all-out effort to try to persuade members of the Electoral College that are supposed to be committed to Donald Trump to cast their votes for someone else instead.  And if that doesn't work, the groundwork is being laid for the Electoral College votes to potentially be invalidated when a joint session of Congress meets to count those votes on January 6th.

C.I.A. planning to overturn Trump's win as talking heads claim 'National Emergency'.  Alex Jones, radio talk show host and head of the popular alt-news agency Infowars, released a video transmission late Monday night which details how the C.I.A., along with the democrats, are moving forward to steal the election from President-elect Donald J. Trump.  In the transmission Jones said that the situation is likely the "gravest" threat presented "in the history of our country," in which I tend to agree.

Chuck Todd Excited by Idea of Abolishing the Electoral College on 'MTP Daily'.  With the Electoral College gathering early next week to elect Donald Trump President of the United States, many on the left are desperate to find a way the turn the institution against him and/or abolish it.  Such schemes are popular on MSNBC, and Chuck Todd expressed the same desire on Tuesday's [12/13/2016] MTP Daily.  "If we are never going to use the Electoral College, then we should abolish it," Todd exclaimed to his panel of journalists.  Todd's argument seemed that have been derived from a deep misunderstanding of the U.S. Constitution.  "My point is, the Electoral College was the idea, a college of influencers, right, deciding whether the American public had made the right decision," he claimed.  By Todd's argument the Founding Fathers set up the Electoral College to be a type of chaperone for the ignorant masses.

White House, Clinton Tied To PR Firm Behind Electoral College Push.  Texas Republican elector Chris Suprun, who has said he will not cast his vote for Trump, claimed in an interview with The Daily Caller last week that he decided to switch his vote after watching Vice President-elect Mike Pence defend one of Trump's tweets on TV.  In his interview with TheDC, Suprun went out of his way to deny any ties to George Soros.  "Nobody got to me," he added later.

Harvard professor says GOP electors are close to blocking Trump win.  Harvard University law professor Larry Lessig said Tuesday that 20 Republican Electoral College voters are considering flipping to vote against Donald Trump, more than half the number of anti-Trump votes needed to stall the president-elect from being sworn into office.  "Obviously, whether an elector ultimately votes his or her conscience will depend in part upon whether there are enough doing the same.  We now believe there are more than half the number needed to change the result seriously considering making that vote," Lessig told Politico.

There won't be a rebellion inside the Electoral College.  Some in Washington and others on social media are speculating that President-elect Trump is on the cusp of a tidal wave of "faithless electors" defecting from their pledges.  The notion is provocative, titillating — and has no root in reality and is nothing new.  Anti-Trump forces are advancing efforts to invalidate his election in the only venue that matters:  the Electoral College.  The electors of the Electoral College — the people who actually choose the next president — will gather on Dec. 19 to make their choices; choices that are supposed to represent the will of the voters of the 50 sovereign states.

The 5 Stages Of Losing An Election To Donald Trump.  We are now in the midst of widespread anguish over the imaginary popular vote.  Not only is the system we've used to elect presidents since the founding of the republic "unfair" and "undemocratic," but like anything else progressives dislike these days, it's a tool of "White Supremacy — and Sexism."  And it's not only illiberal pundits such as Mark Joseph Stern who peddle myths about the Electoral College, but Democrats such as E.J. Dionne and Michael Tomasky, both of whom misrepresented the reasons for proportional voting and the make-up of representation in DC.  One could argue that Democrats oppose dispersing political power and states' rights, but that would be giving them far too much credit.  They only seem to oppose those things when they're losing elections.

RNC keeps close tabs on Electoral College vote.  The Republican National Committee is overseeing an expansive whip operation designed to lock down Donald Trump's Electoral College majority and ensure that the 306 Republican electors cast their votes for the president-elect.  Two RNC sources familiar with the effort said the committee — with the assistance of state Republican parties and the Trump campaign — have been in touch with most of the GOP electors multiple times, and has concluded that only one is a risk to cast a vote against Trump on Dec. 19, when the Electoral College meets.

Judge rejects Democratic electors' bid to unbind votes as anti-Trump 'political stunt'.  Two Colorado Democratic electors have lost their bid to break with the popular vote after a federal judge threw out their motion, calling it a "political stunt."  U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Daniel rejected late Monday [12/12/2016] the request for a temporary injunction to suspend a Colorado law requiring members of the Electoral College to cast their ballots for the presidential candidate receiving the most votes.  "Part of me thinks this is really a political stunt to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president," said Judge Daniel, appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton.

Congressman begs electoral college voters to block Trump.  A Democratic lawmaker is desperately lobbying the Electoral College to shun Donald Trump, and vote for Hillary Clinton — even though he conceded Monday [12/12/2016] that the Republican won the election "fair and square."  The plea from Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) comes a week before the Dec. 19 vote, which is expected to affirm the results of the Nov. 8 election, in which Trump beat Clinton with 306 Electoral College votes.

Cavuto Battles Gov. Richardson: 'Are You Saying Electors Should Flip Votes?'.  Some are calling for Electoral College electors to receive an intelligence briefing before the Dec. 19 vote to formalize the election results.  A Democratic congressman called on electors to vote against President-elect Donald Trump regardless of the election results in their state.

Colorado 'Hamilton Electors' file appeal in 10th Circuit in continued attempt to not elect Trump.  The two Colorado electors who saw their attempts to get a state law that requires them to vote for the winner of the state's popular vote for president dashed by a federal judge Monday filed an appeal Tuesday [12/13/2016] in the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  Monday, U.S. District Court of Colorado Judge Wiley Daniel denied Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich's motion for a temporary restraining order that would have blocked the state law that now requires they vote for Hillary Clinton, since she won Colorado's popular vote.  Nemanich is an elector from Colorado Springs and Baca is a former state senator and elector from Denver.

John Podesta Fuels Russian Conspiracy Theory:  Urges Electoral College To Revisit Election.  John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's former campaign chair, is fueling conspiracy theories that Russians successfully hacked the election to make Donald Trump the next president.

The Incredible, Spineless Hillary Clinton.  I'm pretty sure I heard Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton promise — not once, but several times over the course of many months — that she would accept the results of the 2016 presidential election.  I then seem to recall that after her loss to Donald Trump, she followed through on that promise.  "We must accept this result and then look to the future," she said (or did she?).  "Donald Trump is going to be our president.  We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."  But I find that hard to reconcile with what I've seen since then:  namely, Clinton and her campaign doing everything in their power to delegitimize Trump's victory and work towards getting the results of the election overturned.

Democrats blaming Russia need to take a good look in the mirror.  In the wake of their shocking loss, Democrats and their fellow travelers in the media have mounted a frantic, and increasingly deracinated, campaign to deny Trump the fruits of his victory in the Electoral College and thus overturn the election by any means necessary, fair or foul.

Democrats' all-out bid to smear Trump's victory.  Democrats put on a united bid to question the legitimacy of Donald Trump's election victory on Monday with the Clinton campaign returning from the dead to join in.  In a series of developments the White House, the Clinton campaign and Democrat members of the electoral college all pounced on reports that the CIA believe Russian wanted Trump to win the election.  A group of electoral college members — aided by an anti-Trump Republican — demanded a security briefing on the CIA's findings — a clear attempt to influence other members of the college who are not bound to vote for Trump.

Obama Calls for Electoral College Intelligence Briefing, Prior to Final Presidential Vote.  Hillary Clinton's top political adviser John Podesta said the campaign is supporting an effort by members of the Electoral College to request an intelligence briefing on foreign intervention in the presidential election.  Podesta said that President Barack Obama backs this effort.  "The bipartisan electors' letter raises very grave issues involving our national security," Podesta said in a written statement Monday [12/12/2016].  "Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed."

Electors want briefing on Russian interference.  Ten Electoral College electors have asked U.S. intelligence officials for more information on ongoing investigations surrounding President-elect Donald Trump's relationship with Russia.  The group of electors, which includes the daughter of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), wrote an open letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper asking for the information ahead of their Dec. 19 meeting to formally vote for the next president.

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The Electoral College is not a deliberative body.  The Electors are not entitled to intelligence briefings or any other information other than the popular vote totals in their respective home states.  The presidential election is no longer up for debate.

With 7 days left, Trump resistance pins last hope on Electoral College.  Trump won 306 electoral votes.  There are 306 electors, actual people, who are expected to vote for him next Monday in Electoral College meetings in state capitals across the country.  Trump's total is 36 more than the 270 required to become president.  With that in mind, a group of Trump resisters is hoping to convince 37 Trump electors to vote for someone else on Monday, taking Trump just below the magic 270 mark.  If that were to happen, Trump would not become president.

Warning: An Electoral Coup is Underway.  On December 19, 2016 the electoral college will vote.  Based on the vote, Trump should receive 306 votes and Clinton will have 232.  However, it is possible for many electors to change their vote.  They aren't bound by it.  There's currently a very well funded attempt to influence electors to flip their votes on December 19th to change the outcome of the election.  Despite expectations that it is far fetched, it has a high chance of success.  As of today, there are enough electoral votes in play to flip the outcome.

Report: "Soft Coup" Now Underway To Influence December 19th Electoral College Vote.  What is now underway is an insidious plan by political and media elites to create havoc in the final days prior to the December 19th Electoral College vote that would officially make Donald Trump the President-Elect.  It is a plan that has governmental agencies pitted against one another, and politicians and media figures promoting outrageous claims for the sole purpose of providing cover for an unprecedented move by the Electoral College to deny a Trump presidency.

Nancy Pelosi's Daughter, An Elector, Calls For Hijacking Presidential Election.  Remember when the Electoral College was evil and needed to be abolished.  Ten electors, including Nancy Pelosi's daughter, have a great new plan.  And it doesn't take much reading between the lines. [...] Why exactly do the Electors require information that has nothing to do with their current function, which is representative, rather than deliberative?  Because Pelosi argues they are a deliberative body.

Nancy Pelosi's daughter leads electors demanding intel briefing on Russia's ties to Donald Trump.  The accusations of Russian interference in the November presidential election have provided a last-minute lifeline for the long-shot effort to head off Donald Trump at the Electoral College.  Ten electors, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's daughter Christine Pelosi, demanded Monday [12/12/2016] an intelligence briefing on Russian interference by Monday, when the Electoral College makes the vote official.  Flipping the Electoral College seems to be the only hope left for Trump opponents.  Recount efforts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania have backfired.

The one thing you must understand about the unfolding media-Democrat Electoral College coup attempt.  We are witnessing nothing short of an attempt to steal the election by some Democrats and a very supportive mainstream and leftwing media, by causing Electors in the Electoral College to go rogue and vote for Hillary, or at least not vote for Trump.  The first excuse for this tactic after the election was made by people like Prof. Lawrence Lessig.  At least he was honest in his call to have the Electors stop Trump because he didn't like the result and thought Trump would be a horrible president on a host of issues.  Honest, but severely misguided.

Podesta backs bid to overturn electoral vote.  John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman and the victim of the most famous hack since Jennifer Lawrence, has joined the call from some members of the Electoral College that they be made privy to the secret findings of the intelligence community about Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.  The hope of the electors, led by Christine Pelosi, daughter of the House minority leader, is that the information would cause red-state electors to break from the popular vote in their states.  While conservatives may be cheered to see the sudden swell of support for federalism and republicanism on the left, that's not really what's cooking here.

Hand-wringing about Electoral College misplaced.  After Donald Trump won the presidency while finishing second in the nationwide popular vote, some people on the short end of this distinctly American phenomenon have questioned the validity of the Electoral College.  The popular vote winner has failed to become president twice in our last five elections, in 2000 and 2016, after that happened only three other times in history, 1824, 1876 and 1888.  That's disconcerting to those unhappy with how our Constitution established selection of a president, but it's a moot, purely academic discussion.  The Electoral College was created by the Founding Fathers because they didn't really trust the majority will of the people, and whether it still serves its originally intended role or not, it's here to stay.

The Faithless-Elector Fantasy Is Fun, but It's Just a Fantasy.  There are six Democratic electors from Washington and Colorado trying to persuade their Republican counterparts to join them in voting for Mitt Romney or for Ohio Governor John Kasich.  (Kasich's rejected the idea out of hand).  There's a Texas Trump elector who says he can't vote for him.  There's Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, who promises to offer free legal defense to any Trump elector who votes for Hillary Clinton.  It's all a shadow play — entertaining, provocative, but bearing no relation to current political reality.

The Deep State vs.  Donald Trump.  Do the Democrats want Donald Trump to become the 45th president?  Of course not.  And how about the Democrats' handmaiden, the Main Stream Media?  Do they want Trump in the White House?  Of course not.  And how 'bout all the other affluent residents of the Washington "swamp," which Trump has pledged to drain — do you think any of them want Trump?  Of course not. [...] And in fact, one Republican elector, Christopher Suprun of Texas, has already declared that he won't vote for Trump next week.  And guess what:  Suprun has become a hero to The New York Times and the rest of the MSM.

Exclusive: 'Faithless Elector' Now Blames Mike Pence For Vote Switch.  Texas elector Christopher Suprun revealed what the last straw was that lead him to publicly announce his decision not to cast his ballot for President-elect Donald Trump, even though Trump was the clear choice of Texan voters in last month's election.

Van Jones' PR Firm Working With Republican Electors Voting Against Trump.  A progressive public relations firm founded by environmentalist and CNN political contributor Van Jones is representing "a number" of Republican electors who plan on voting against President-elect Donald Trump.  Chris Suprun, a Republican presidential elector from Texas, garnered media attention on Monday after having an opinion piece published in the New York Times explaining why he plans to defect from Trump with his Electoral College vote on Dec. 19.

Faithless Electors Are Not Brave.  On December 19, electors across the country will head to their state capitols to formally cast votes for president and vice president.  In Texas, 38 electors — one from each congressional district and two chosen in a statewide vote — will gather in Austin, and almost all of them will cast their ballots for President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.  The exception is likely to be Christopher Suprun, who argues that "electors should unify behind a Republican alternative, an honorable and qualified man or woman such as Gov. John Kasich of Ohio."  Never mind that Kasich has said he doesn't want any electors to vote for him, declaring that "this approach, as well meaning as it is, will only serve to further divide our nation when unity is what we need."  Suprun is not the only faithless elector nationwide.  In Colorado, four of the state's nine Democratic electors are saying that they might not cast votes for Hillary Clinton, who actually won the state, if there's sufficient support for a non-Trump Republican option.

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Mr. Suprun will have permanently ruined his own reputation if he follows through with his threat to vote for someone other than the clear winner of the election (in the State of Texas).  His word will no longer be of any value.  That's a high price to pay for grandstanding and political activism.  I hope his conscience will prevent him from making this costly mistake.  (Apparently, his conscience has had quite a workout lately.)  Mr. Trump is far from the ideal presidential candidate, but he's the winner of the popular vote in Texas, and the Electoral College should vote accordingly.

The Left's Retreat into Fantasy.  It isn't fair, these pouty runner-ups argue, that a woman should be denied the presidency because of a system set up by white men over 200 years ago.  Not only should the Electoral College be tossed out like old leftovers that've been sitting in the fridge for centuries, but the College's electors should refuse to vote for Trump later this month.  This is all very rich coming from the same people who demanded Trump accept the election results, no matter the outcome. [...] Here's the thing about all the Electoral College business:  Both Trump and Clinton campaigned to win a majority of its votes.  The presidency was never supposed to be a popularity contest.  If that were the case, Hillary could have campaigned solely in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C. and come out a winner.  But she didn't, and she lost.

Colorado electors sue state in effort to block Trump.  Two Democratic electors from Colorado filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, challenging a state law that requires they vote for the winner of the state's popular vote, the Denver Post reports.  Polly Baca and Robert Nemanich had pledged to support Democrat Hillary Clinton, the winner of Colorado's nine electoral votes.  But now they are joining so-called "Moral Electors" in other states and say they'll shift their Democratic votes to a consensus Republican pick — if one emerges.

Kasich asks Electoral College not to change vote for him.  Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday [12/6/2016] advised state electors not to vote for him in an anti-Donald Trump protest.  Kasich, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for president, told The Associated Press Tuesday that he is not a candidate for president, the election was held and Trump was the winner.  "The country is divided and there are certainly raw emotions on both sides stemming from the election," Kasich, in his second and last four-year term, said in a statement.

John Conyers now claiming the electoral college is rooted in slavery.  When the Democrats lose, they hate anything that they think contributes to their loss and once again they've taken aim at the electoral college after Trump beat the pantsuit off of Hillary a month ago.  Today John Conyers held a forum on the Future of the Electoral College where he proceeded to argue for the abolition of the electoral college by claiming it is rooted in slavery.  [Video clip]

Hillary Clinton could have legal right to challenge electoral college system and be next US president, says law professor.  Hillary Clinton may be able to challenge the election result in the Supreme Court and become the next President of the United States, a law professor has said.  Ms Clinton currently has 2.6 million more votes than Donald Trump in the popular count, but lost the election in November because of the idiosyncratic workings of the United States' Electoral College system — a result which academic Lawrence Lessig has said could be ruled unconstitutional.  The process by which the United States elects a president is complicated — rather than US citizens voting for their head of state directly, representatives in the Electoral College choose the winner on behalf of their state.

Support for the Electoral College is at a 49-Year High.  A recent Gallup poll shows that support for the Electoral College is growing.  A record 47 percent of Americans want to keep the Electoral College, and less than half of Americans (49 percent) want to abolish it.  This is the first time in 49 years — since 1968 — that less than half of Americans want to get rid of the current electoral system.

Why I Will Not Cast My Electoral Vote for Donald Trump.  I am a Republican presidential elector, one of the 538 people asked to choose officially the president of the United States.  Since the election, people have asked me to change my vote based on policy disagreements with Donald J. Trump.  In some cases, they cite the popular vote difference.  I do not think president-elects should be disqualified for policy disagreements.  I do not think they should be disqualified because they won the Electoral College instead of the popular vote.  However, now I am asked to cast a vote on Dec. 19 for someone who shows daily he is not qualified for the office.

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It's not up to the Electoral College to decide if the winning candidate is qualified, competent, or even sane.  That assessment is made by the voters before the Electoral College convenes; and when it does, it is merely a formality.  The bottom line is this:  You shouldn't seek the office of Elector if you don't intend to follow through on your obligations.

Comey's FBI Needs to Investigate Violent Democratic Tantrums.  It's time for the FBI to conduct a detailed investigation into the violence and political thuggery that continue to mar the presidential election's aftermath.  A thorough probe of the protests — to include possible ties to organizations demanding vote recounts — will give the Bureau's integrity-challenged director, James Comey, a chance to sandblast his sullied badge.  Director Comey must also include "elector intimidation" on his post-election investigation list.  Reports that members of the Electoral College are being harassed and threatened by angry, vicious (and likely Democratic Party) malcontents require Comey's quick and systematic attention.

Rogue electors brief Clinton camp on anti-Trump plan.  Advocates of the long-shot bid to turn the Electoral College against Donald Trump have been in contact with close allies of Hillary Clinton, according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions, but the Clinton camp — and Clinton herself — have declined to weigh in on the merits of the plan.  Clinton's team and the Democratic National Committee have steadfastly refused to endorse the efforts spearheaded by a group of electors in Colorado and Washington state.  But, as with the ongoing recounts initiated by Green Party nominee Jill Stein, the Clinton team has not categorically rejected them, leaving the collection of mainly Democratic electors to push forward with no explicit public support from the failed Democratic nominee or any other prominent party leaders.

Americans' Support for Electoral College Rises Sharply.  Americans' support for keeping the Electoral College system for electing presidents has increased sharply.  Weeks after the 2016 election, 47% of Americans say they want to keep the Electoral College, while 49% say they want to amend the Constitution to allow for a popular vote for president.  In the past, a clear majority favored amending the U.S. Constitution to replace the Electoral College with a popular vote system.

Missouri's presidential electors [are] being asked to vote for Clinton.  Each party selects its own presidential electors.  The Republican Party in Missouri will send its10 presidential electors to Jefferson City because Donald Trump was the presidential candidate with the most votes in the state.  Hector Maldonado from Sullivan is one of the 10 Electoral College representatives from Missouri and one of 538 in the country.  He showed our Fox 2 News crew a stack of letters he's received in just the past few days.  "There's probably a good close to 100 (letters) here," Maldonado said.

First Republican faithless elector comes forward:  Why I can't vote for Trump.  The mystery man:  Christopher Suprun of Texas.  He has an op-ed tonight in the Times, two weeks to the day before the big vote.  We should probably start a pool.  How many electors in all will break ranks?

Washington State Electors Join Movement Seeking to Deny Trump the Presidency.  Levi Guerra declared that she would join a handful of electors seeking to deny Donald Trump the presidency.  That makes Guerra at least the second Washington state elector seeking to sway the upcoming Electoral College vote.

DOJ Declines To Comment On Why Agency Won't Investigate Threats To Electors.  The Department of Justice did not want to discuss why the agency refuses to investigate alleged harassment and death threats toward Electoral College voters in states that went for Donald Trump.  "The department will decline to comment," DOJ deputy press secretary David Jacobs told The Daily Caller in an email Wednesday afternoon [11/30/2016].  The Justice Department seemed concerned about protecting voters from being intimidated at the polls on Election Day.  It deployed 500 monitors to 67 jurisdictions in 28 states to watch polling stations this past presidential election cycle.

Put Faith in Constitution, Not 'Democracy'.  Start with a thought experiment:  What if Donald Trump had won the popular vote and lost in the Electoral College?  How would Democrats respond if prominent scholars and public figures argued that Clinton's electors should break their pledges and elect Trump?  I'll tell you how:  Democrats would see it as an attempted coup d'etat.  And they'd be right.  The vote in the Electoral College has always been a formality.  Its purpose is simply to effectuate the results of the electoral system we have, with all its imperfections.  Faithless electors have never determined the outcome of a presidential election, and for good reason.  To do so would be to change the rules of the game in the game's closing minutes.  It would distort fairness and the rule of law.  And it would send the extremely worrisome message that electoral results aren't to be taken seriously as the outcome of a legally constrained process.

Gore: We Should Abolish Electoral College, Popular Vote Would 'Stimulate Public Participation'.  During a statement on Tuesday [11/29/2016], former Vice President Al Gore argued that the Electoral College should be abolished in favor of a popular vote system.  Gore said he supported keeping the Electoral College even after the 2000 election, because it tied the states together, but now he has changed his mind and thinks the Electoral College should be eliminated.

Don't assault Constitution over partisan complaints.  Hillary Clinton, with the help of huge vote leads in places such as California (62-33 percent), New York (59-38 percent) and Massachusetts (61-34 percent), is currently ahead by more than 2 million votes.  In California alone, she surpassed Trump by about 3.5 million votes, meaning that if the election were decided by popular vote, that extremely liberal state would wield massive power over much smaller states such as Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma and Tennessee, where Trump won by similarly large margins.  This should remind us why the country was established with checks and balances against putting too much power into the hands of any one state, and indeed any one faction.  One of those checks and balances is the Electoral College, to which the Founders gave the responsibility for choosing the winner of the presidency, instead of relying on the popular vote.

The Anti-Trump Riots Are a Smoke Screen.  Many seem bewildered by the anti-Trump riots and demonstrations. [...] They know full well that they aren't going to overturn the election.  These privately funded forces are being used to create pressure to destroy the Electoral College so they won't have to deal with it next election.  This is how the Left operates.  Make a big deal over here to force the hidden agenda over there.  The plan is to make enough trouble that Congress will move to abolish the EC to get some peace.  For clues as to who is behind this effort, one only has to watch to see which member of Congress proposes such action.  The answer of course is California Senator Barbara Boxer.

Prominent Harvard Law Prof Tells Electoral College to Abandon Trump.  Lawrence Lessig, a well-known professor of law at Harvard University and a political activist, penned an opinion piece in The Washington Post encouraging electors to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton despite Donald Trump winning more votes in the Electoral College.  His theory is that, while it has never been tested like this, the Electoral College is a "safety valve" that is intended "to confirm — or not — the people's choice."  According to the latest tally, Hillary Clinton is leading the popular vote by more than 2 million.

All This Silliness about Abolishing the Electoral College.  By now, you've heard the disgruntled leftists parroting the sentiment that the Electoral College is an archaic relic that is either racist (what else?), or has obviously outlived any usefulness it may have once had.  Therefore, in the interest of progress, it must be abolished.  Outgoing California Senator Barbara Boxer has recently introduced a doomed-to-fail bill meant to do just that.  This argument is, of course, painfully dim and tiresome.  The Electoral College is one of many safeguards against what de Tocqueville would later describe as the "tyranny of the majority" that our Founders feared, or more specifically, the threat of a concentrated majority in a state that happened to be more populous than another.

Six liberal electors have agreed not to give Trump the electoral votes he needs to be President.  The electoral college has many people up in arms right now.  It is agonizing for me to listen to people rant about the unfair nature of the electoral college.  I wonder if anyone has picked up a history book lately.  It is perhaps the most crucial part of our voting system.  And contrary to what many people seem to think, it plays the most pivotal role in enduring the most equal representation possible.  Even with this being the case, everyday more people sign petitions to end the electoral college.  Which, mind you, would require an amendment to the constitution of the United States of America.  Petitions are just not going to cut it.  So sign away.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Could Still Become President — It's Not Over.  Currently, Donald Trump is on track to win 306 Electoral College if Michigan is called for him.  Without Michigan he is at 290, and he needed as you know only 270.  This is what they are doing folks:  Clinton clan is circulating a Change.org petition and urging as many Americans as they can to get electors to mind the national popular vote and mark Clinton's name down come decision day, EVEN IF she didn't win a majority of ballots in their state.  They have the minds of crooks.

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The electors' names and addresses are well known by party officials.  Is there no civil or criminal liability in the event of malfeasance?  Would anyone other than Hillary Clinton have the gall to assume the office of US President just because the electors revolted?

Anti-Trump presidential elector suing to unbind from state's election result.  A presidential elector leading a historic protest against the Electoral College system is planning to take his fight to court.  A lawyer for Michael Baca, a Colorado elector, told Politico that his client is preparing a lawsuit challenging state laws that force electors to vote for their party's nominee.  There are currently 29 states with laws on the books that bind electors to the election result in their respective states, but those laws have never been enforced.  Further, the penalty for violating the law is typically a small fine.

Limbaugh: Hillary Campaign Behind Push to 'Threaten Electors'.  As the revolt against Donald Trump's victory Nov. 8 takes another turn — with calls to challenge results in three states and more "faithless" electors vowing not to vote for Trump — Hillary Clinton's lecture to Trump after the third presidential debate on the virtue of accepting election outcomes comes to mind.  When considerable attention was given to Trump's reluctance during the third presidential debate to pledge that he would accept the results of the election, Clinton went on record stating "one of our hallmarks has always been that we accept the outcomes of our election."

Poll: Majority of Democrats want to ditch Electoral College.  A majority of Democrats are in favor of abolishing the Electoral College, according to an online poll released Thursday [11/17/2016].  The Huffington Post/YouGov poll finds 66 percent of Democrats favor scrapping the Electoral College for a popular vote system to elect the president, while 14 percent want to keep the current system.  Most Republicans, 67 percent, are in favor of keeping the Electoral College, with just 13 percent saying Congress should amend the Constitution so the candidate who receives the most total votes nationwide wins the election.

Ignore the Mob.  Long Live the Electoral College.  This week, anti-Trump protesters hit the streets in big cities around the country, chanting "This is what democracy looks like!"  Yes.  That's the problem.  For many Democrats, the greatest political system is the one that instills their party with the most power.  Now that it looks like Hillary Clinton will "win" the fictional popular vote over Donald Trump, people — not just young people who've spent their entire lives being told America is a democracy, but people who know better — are getting hysterical about the Electoral College.  Not only is it "unfair" and "undemocratic" but like anything else progressives dislike these days it's also a tool of "white supremacy" and "sexism."

Electoral College voters 'deluged' with death threats.  On Dec. 19 the Electoral College will convene to cast their votes for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, with each state's electors pledged to vote for the candidate elected on Nov. 8 in their state.  But a handful of states have no laws making it illegal for the electors to change their vote while others have only a minor penalty such as a fine for doing so.  If Clinton's supporters can get enough of the 163 electors from states where Trump both won and votes can be legally switched on Dec. 19, Hillary Clinton becomes the next president of the United States.

Colorado elector wants Electoral College to dump Trump.  Michael Baca is a graduate student at Northern Arizona University.  He's a registered Democrat who supported Bernie Sanders.  And he's a member of the Electoral College, who's trying to convince the other electors not to vote for Donald Trump.  "There's a chance that by coming together, we can avoid a Donald Trump presidency," he says.  "But it's going to take a unification of Americans, I believe."  Baca calls himself a Hamilton Elector, and he says a half-dozen other electors from across the country are on board with his plan.

Arizona's presidential electors being harassed, urged not to cast vote for Trump.  Arizona's presidential electors are reportedly being hit by a flood of emails and phone calls demanding they defy the voters in their state and choose Hillary Clinton instead of President-elect Donald Trump — as part of a last-gasp bid to overturn the election.  Since Trump's surprise victory on Nov. 8, those opposed to his election have engaged in a number of strategies to attempt to nix the election or declare it invalid.  Protests, many of them violent, have erupted in cities such as Portland and New York City.  Others, noting that Clinton appears to be on track to win the popular vote but still lose the election, have called for the scrapping of the Electoral College altogether.

Outside California, Clinton Is A Big-Time Popular Vote Loser.  Yes, the Electoral College occasionally produces the odd outcome where the popular vote winner is the election night loser.  But without the Electoral College, abnormally partisan states like California could permanently dominate the nation's politics.  It's unlikely people in "flyover" country would consider that fair, or even democratic.

Hillary Clinton Supporters Doxxing, Harassing Electoral College Voters.  Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have already gotten more than 4 million signatures on a petition asking the Electoral College to toss Donald Trump's victory.  But some, apparently, aren't content to simply vent their frustrations online.  According to reports out of Idaho and elsewhere, Clinton supporters have obtained Electoral College voters' personal information and are harassing them with calls, Facebook messages, emails and even home visits, encouraging them to become "faithless electors," and change their Trump votes to Clinton votes.  And they aren't being kind about it:  "A lot of 'em use bad, rough language," said Layne Bangerter, one of Idaho's electors.  "Nothing I feel intimidated over.  But we're watching it very closely.  They've got our home phone numbers, our cell numbers, our emails, our Facebook.  We're just getting an orchestrated barrage from the left."

Should Los Angeles County decide our presidential elections for us?  The Electoral College is a mechanism, and balancing the power is a means to an end.  The end itself is protecting minorities against majorities.  A majority of 50.1% is not necessarily very much to have to get.  50.1% can often be achieved on a temporary basis.  But if democracy operates unfettered, a minority of 49.9% is still a minority.  If everything is decided by majority vote, that can be a lot of people left unprotected.  A lot of things voters will later regret can be implemented.  And good luck to minorities of 35%, or 25%, or 15%.  The Framers wanted to make it hard for the federal government to alter the status quo very much.  Policy ideas that would coerce the people needed to win widespread and enduring majorities throughout the nation, as opposed to supermajorities in a few population centers.  In any case, the Framers did not envision the federal government doing a good 90% of what it does today.  If they even saw the kinds of government activity we now take for granted as appropriate, they assumed that states, counties, and cities would be the ones involved in them.

Eliminate the Electoral College if You Hate Minorities.  Today, as we wait both for the Electoral College to cast its votes and for the final tally of the popular vote, we again see the Left declaring that the Electoral College is un-democratic and must be eliminated to protect the rights of minorities.  However, what they fail to understand is that the Electoral College was designed precisely to protect minorities against the majority.

Blame the British Empire for the Electoral College.  There are two truths about the Electoral College:  It ought to be abolished, and it never will be.  Calls for changing the constitutional election system abound now that Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote and lost the electoral vote, as Al Gore did in 2000.  But it turns out that the same Constitution that enshrines the Electoral College effectively protects the small states from an amendment they don't want.  The problem goes back to the nation's founding — and short of abolishing the states as effective sovereigns, it basically can't be fixed.

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It can't be fixed because it isn't broken.

Idaho Trump electors report 'barrage' of harassing messages urging them to change votes.  Idaho's four presidential electors say they have been getting harassing phone calls, emails and Facebook messages urging them to become "faithless electors" and not cast their votes for Donald Trump in the electoral college.  "A lot of 'em use bad, rough language," said Layne Bangerter, one of the four electors.  "Nothing I feel intimidated over.  But we're watching it very closely.  They've got our home phone numbers, our cell numbers, our emails, our Facebook.  We're just getting an orchestrated barrage from the left."

Two Electors Launch Effort To "Flip the Electoral College" And Block Trump's Win.  OK, theoretically, everything will go according to plan, and Donald Trump will be the next president.  But technically, the (s)election hasn't really taken place yet.  Presidential electors of the mystified electoral college must still actually vote for the president, and there isn't anything to keep them from 'voting their conscience' and choosing someone other than Donald Trump.

Dem introducing bill to abolish Electoral College.  Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) will introduce legislation on Tuesday to get rid of the Electoral College, after Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election despite leading in the popular vote.  "In my lifetime, I have seen two elections where the winner of the general election did not win the popular vote," Boxer said in a statement.

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There are teenagers who have "seen" the same thing in their lifetimes.  So what?  The same thing may happen again in four years.

We Still Need the Electoral College.  While Trump won a clear majority of the votes in the Electoral College, he did not win the most popular votes.  Some liberals are engaging in sore-loser backbiting by falsely focusing on the meaningless outcome in the popular vote.  The Chicago Cubs did not score more runs than the Cleveland Indians in the World Series, yet the Cubs were declared the winner.  Was that unfair, or does anyone challenge that result?

There's One Big Reason Why the Electoral College Isn't Going Anywhere.  [Scroll down]  There's just one big problem: when something only becomes a major issue when it's sour grapes following an election defeat, it becomes very difficult to actually do anything about it.  Or, to put it another way, support for abolishing the electoral college is almost always directly inverse to the amount of power yielded by the side calling for its abolition.  The Republican wave will not last forever.  The pendulum will eventually swing its way back in the other direction.  When that day comes, don't expect to see many Democrats still waving the flag for changing the way we choose our president.

Old, Bitter Socialist From Tiny State Bashes Electoral College After Trump Win.  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized the Electoral College in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential election victory because, he said, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and closely contested states receive too much attention.  "We may want to take a look at the whole Electoral College, which is seating a man for president who didn't get the most votes," Sanders told USA Today this week.

Hillary's Participation Trophy.  From the founders onward, the American presidential election system has been based on a state-by-state system of electors, chosen by the people of that state, who in turn choose the president.  The fact that no state, even the smallest, can have fewer than three electors means that those smaller states still get a voice even though in reality the voters of those smaller states actually are more "powerful" than the larger ones.  The system is unique to the world and born out of the blood, tears and politics of a different time.  However, many still praise it because it serves as a check on the huge urban population centers "running over" the rest of the country, particularly rural areas, when it comes to national politics.  Those are the rules, and both parties know them backwards and forwards, inside and out.  End of story.

Liberal bullies try forcing Electoral College into submission.  The Left had a total meltdown over Trump winning the election.  They were massively shocked.  Now that they have quit fainting, they are looking to challenge the Electoral College.  Our Founding Fathers were incredibly wise and prescient men.  They knew if the country just went with the popular vote, that many if not most Americans would have no say in who led them.  Thus the Electoral College came into being.  Liberals claim that Hillary won the popular vote by about 1%.  Not true.  Absentee ballots are only counted if a state is very close, so most were not included in the vote tally.  Most absentee votes are military who tend to vote Republican.  That doesn't include expats either or the fact that the Left utilized voter fraud.  They think if they can turn 10 to 37 Republicans in Congress against Donald Trump, that they could keep him from being inaugurated.

The Electoral College Is Brilliant.  The progressives are determined to get rid of the Electoral College.  Of course they are.  Abolishing the Electoral College would complete their project of overthrowing America's unique federal system, begun about one hundred years ago.  The direct election of senators was the first and greatest victory of the progressives over the Framers of the Constitution.  Made possible by the Seventeenth Amendment in 1913, it mortally wounded the Founders' system.  Abolishing the Electoral College will finish the job.  And the progressives mean to do just that.

Left Rag Slate In 2012 Vs Left Rag Slate In 2016.  [They were for the Electoral College before they were against it.]

Soros, Half-A-Million Liberals Plot To 'Abolish' The Electoral College.  In the wake of Donald Trump's historic election victory, liberals across the country have taken aim at the institution solely responsible for robbing Hillary Clinton of the presidency:  the Electoral College.  A petition on MoveOn.org — founded and funded by liberal mega-donor George Soros — has garnered nearly 500,000 signatures toward "[amending] the Constitution to abolish the Electoral College."

Four Theses on the Electoral College.  [Scroll down]  The first route to replacing the Electoral College — through a Constitutional amendment — is hardly worthy of consideration.  Even in the extraordinary event that two-thirds of both houses of Congress voted to repeal it (this has never occurred, despite hundreds of efforts, although the Congress elected in 1968 came close) there is simply no possibility of getting buy-in from 38 state legislatures.

The Concession Speech aka Meet The New Clinton Inc..  [Scroll down]  Remember:  An electoral college prevents all the things (such as a King/Queen or Political Elite) from retaining or gaining all the power over its citizenry.  Without it, using today as the example, if one could win all the votes of just 3 states like California, New York, and Texas.  Their population, e.g., their "popular vote," would dictate whatever they decided for the entire other 47 states and their populace.  That's why we have one (electoral college that is) and other "democracies" don't.  It protects the very things these "we won the popular vote!" worry about, yet don't understand.

Dukakis calls for end to Electoral College.  Former Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, who lost to George H.W. Bush in 1988, re-upped his call to abolish the Electoral College after Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump on Tuesday.  "Hillary won this election, and when the votes are all counted, by what will likely be more than a million votes.  So how come she isn't going to the White House in January?  Because of an anachronistic Electoral College system which should have been abolished 150 years ago," he wrote Sunday [11/13/2016] in an email to POLITICO.

Why We Have an Electoral College.  The point of the Electoral College is simple: to restrict the power of the majority.  There's a tendency to forget that majority rule is only half of a free country — the other half is the protection of the rights of the minority, of the dissenters.  This is why our federal government has two legislative houses instead of one.  The House of Representatives is filled on the majority-rule principle, with greater power given to larger states; the Senate, on the minority-protection principle, with equal power given to each state no matter its size.  The same balance underlies the Electoral College.

Folly of Getting Rid of the Electoral College.  The results of the 2016 presidential election will give fresh fuel to those who would like to abolish the Electoral College, with the usual expressed concerns that it is antithetical to "democracy," that Hillary Clinton could "still win," because there could be some "faithless electors" who could switch to her from Donald Trump; and then there is the biggest myth of all:  Hillary Clinton was the choice of the "majority" of the voters.  It is quite impossible to correct all the myths and misunderstandings about the Electoral College in a single article, but we can address some.

The Marxist Coup Brewing within our Republic.  It is now Hillary Clinton and her Marxist supporters who are threatening our Representative Republic through the petition website Change.org.  Immediately following Donald Trump's election victory, a petition was launched to sway the Electoral College to "Make Hillary Clinton President on December 19."  The Electoral College will meet and vote on December 19, 2016, to certify the Trump victory as defined within our Constitution.  Remember, the United States is a Representative Republic and not a Democracy, no matter how many times journalists want to change our constitution through language and the repetitiveness of their lies.

Almost Three Million people sign a (doomed) petition for the Electoral College to make Hillary Clinton president.  Donald Trump's election victory left millions of Americans in shock, especially those who believe he is 'unfit to serve'.  Americans opposing the election results have showed up in numbers across the nation protesting and letting their voices be heard.  But now, more than three million people have signed a petition for the Electoral College to elect Hillary Clinton as president instead of Trump.

The Editor says...
If Mr. Trump truly is "unfit to serve," he can be impeached by our elected representatives.  He cannot be recalled by a tiny minority of disgruntled hippies bearing petitions, some of which may include the signatures of people like Doodad Pro.  [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Keep the Electoral College.  Filmmaker and progressive activist Michael Moore colorfully summed up Democratic feelings about Trump's victory:  "The only reason he's president is because of an arcane, insane 18th century idea called the Electoral College."  But those clamoring to dump the system cobbled together by the nation's Founders — which gives each state as many electoral votes as it has members of Congress — should be careful what they wish for.  Adopting a national popular vote would trade one set of problems for another.

MoveOn Petition Asks Electoral College to Vote Hillary Clinton.  A petition on MoveOn.org asked the electoral college to vote for Hillary Clinton, in spite of the clear outcome of Tuesday's election.  While the returns are still coming in, it seems that Donald Trump has won the presidency but Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote.  Democrats and proponents of absolute democracy are furious that this can happen.  More than 3,000 Clinton supporters have signed a petition urging the electoral college to dismiss the state-by-state results of the election and instead cast their votes for Clinton.

The Electoral College Is Hated by Many.  So Why Does It Endure?  In November 2000, as the Florida recount gripped the nation, a newly elected Democratic senator from New York took a break from an upstate victory tour to address the possibility that Al Gore could wind up winning the popular vote but losing the presidential election.  She was unequivocal.  "I believe strongly that in a democracy, we should respect the will of the people," Hillary Clinton said, "and to me that means it's time to do away with the Electoral College and move to the popular election of our president."

The one scenario that could still get Hillary into the White House.  For die-hard Democrats holding out hope that they won't have to live through a Trump presidency, there is a last, incredibly long shot for them latch on to — a surprise twist in the Electoral College.  Though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 200,000, Trump has won the minimum of 270 electoral votes necessary to be elected president.  As of late Wednesday, he had 290 to Clinton's 228. According to the Constitution, chosen electors of the Electoral College are the real people who will vote for president, when they meet on Dec. 19 in their respective state capitals.  However, there is technically nothing stopping any of the electors from voting their conscience and refusing to support the candidate to whom they were bound, or from abstaining from voting altogether.

The Editor says...
There is nothing to stop the members of the Electoral College from electing the losing candidate, except the very real threat of civil war.  When the Constitution was written, men behaved predictably and honorably, according to their respective consciences.  In the 21st century, it is more difficult to rely on such things.  This is why the members of the Electoral College are carefully selected by active members of their political parties.

Why Do We Have an "Electoral College"?  Is It Fair?  It's about the time of year when people start complaining about the Electoral College, sure that it must be a bad thing.  Understanding how it works and why we have it is important.  It's a very American institution, and it really is a good thing.  We have a lot to be grateful to the founders for.  Ask yourself just why we have a Senate, with every state assigned two Senators.  The House of Representatives represents the people and the population, The Senate represents the States, so that big populous states like California and New York have equal representation to the small state with fewer people.  The Founders did a very impressive job of creating our Republic.  The Electoral College is based on the same principles.

Why We Use Electoral College, Not Popular Vote.  The Founding Fathers created the Electoral College after much debate and compromise, but it has provided stability to the process of picking presidents.  Though the winner of the national popular vote typically takes the presidency, that vote failed to determine the winner in four elections: 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000.  Some see the Electoral College as a peculiar and mystifying institution that ensures only a few, select individuals will ever cast a direct vote for president in the United States.  Others complain that the system rewards smaller states with more proportional power than the large ones.  Every four years, around election time, there are murmurs about revamping the system and moving toward a direct, national popular vote.

Days before the 2016 election:
Washington state elector says he won't vote for Clinton.  A Democratic elector in Washington state said Friday he won't vote for Hillary Clinton even if she wins the popular vote in his state on Election Day, adding a degree of suspense when the Electoral College affirms the election results next month.

"Faithless electors" and the outcome of the presidential election.  American voters will have cast their votes by Tuesday night, but it'll still be a couple of months before the outcome is official.  Five weeks after the election, the Electoral College takes place.  The 538 electors — one for each congressional district, plus two for the senate seats — cast their ballots in December and then the votes will be counted in Washington on January 6.  That's when the outcome will be official.  It's generally a part of the process that few pay much attention to, but by late summer, the question of "faithless electors" had attracted some attention to the Electoral College and those electors who might not vote according to the will of their states.

These are the times for which the Constitution was written.  These are the times for which the Constitution was written; this is why there is an impeachment clause; this is why there is legislative oversight of the executive branch; this is why there is an electoral college.  Elections are important to the legitimacy of government officials.  Where there is no confidence in the election process, there is the electoral college, but all of these clauses and instruments require a core of integrity.  The electoral college is to keep the public from voting for tyrants and criminals who have a slick campaign strategy.  The electoral college was designed to put cooler, more rational heads to use when deciding an election, at the time it was assumed that they would exert the power of the electoral college to protect the union.  The electors are representatives of the people and of the union normally bound to vote the way the people of their state voted, but also to recognize where that vote would be to the detriment of the union.

Breaking the Democrats' Electoral College Blue Wall.  Many savvy political analysts believe the Democrats have a built in advantage in the Electoral College. [...] There is a strategy, however, which can significantly improve the GOP's chances in 2016.  This strategy only involves taking advantage of the fact that Republicans control both the Governor's mansion and the state legislature in a few states that are part of the Democrats' blue wall.  The GOP's path to victory would be to adopt the approach already used by two states, Maine and Nebraska, in which the party that wins the state's popular vote wins two Electoral College votes (associated with the two Senators), but the candidate who wins in each congressional district wins one Electoral College vote for his party.

Recalculating Electoral Votes.  Beltway pundits routinely grant Democrats in 2016 an advantage in the Electoral College.  The magic number is 270 electoral votes.  Twenty-four states are almost certain to go Republican:  Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming, with a combined total of 206 electoral votes.  Any Republican candidate who fails to carry any of those states is going to lose the presidential election anyway.

Blue Dot for Obama Prompts Red Nebraska to Revisit Electoral College Rules.  Nebraska is one of just two states, along with Maine, that do not award all their electoral voters to the statewide winner.  And that meant that in 2008, Barack Obama picked up an electoral vote from the congressional district around Omaha, even as Senator John McCain trounced him across the rest of the state.  One electoral vote — out of five in Nebraska and 538 nationally — might seem trivial, but Republicans do not see it that way.

National Popular Vote Compact is a Bad Idea.  A movement is underway to change the method of electing presidents.  The objective of this movement is to convince states whose cumulative electoral vote count equals or exceeds 270 (the number needed to elect a president) to join an interstate compact.  This compact requires that all member states cast all of their electoral delegate votes to the presidential slate obtaining the greatest national popular vote count during that election.  To date the compact has been joined by the legislatures of 10 states and the District of Columbia representing 165 electoral votes.  See if you see any commonality among the member states, RI, VT, HI, DC, MD, MA, WA, NJ, IL, NY, and CA.  They are the bluest of the blue states meaning Democrats seem to think a national popular election might favor their candidates.

Michigan Demonstrates Why Elections Matter.  The United States Constitution allows each state to determine how electoral votes are proportioned — Maine and Nebraska do it by congressional district won, for example.  The Democratic Party has won Michigan by an average of 53% over the last five elections.  Under the proposed change, instead of giving the Dems all 16 Electoral College votes, the split would be 11 to the Democrats and 5 to the Republicans under the new law.

The Much Needed Electoral College Targeted for Elimination by George Soros & the National Popular Vote.  If we were a true democracy, then the president and vice president would be elected by popular vote.  So, what's wrong with that?  Well, the Founding Fathers firmly rejected a purely popular vote to elect the president, because they wanted to balance the power of the larger and smaller states.  They realized that should our leaders be elected by popular vote, the major centers of population, such as we now have in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles, would rule, and the rest of the country would have no say in presidential elections.  There have only been four times out of 57 presidential elections when the president has been elected without a majority of the popular vote.

Blue states try raiding Electoral College.  The fondest dream of the modern Democrat is to neutralize the votes of the yokels in Peoria and put important decisions in the hands of sophisticates in places like San Francisco and Manhattan.  The modern Democrats took a step closer to realizing their ambition last week when New York joined nine other liberal states with laws to undermine the Electoral College.  Blue states have been rushing to sign up for the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.  So far, the list includes — in addition to New York — California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia.  All have agreed to allocate electoral votes according to the popular vote.

States Quietly Plan to Ditch Electoral College.  Nearly a dozen states have quietly signed onto a plan to effectively ditch the Electoral College and instead, award the White House to the candidate that wins the popular vote.  The National Popular Vote agreement would take effect if states that represent 270 electoral votes all commit.  New York has most recently joined the efforts, bringing the number of states to 10 plus the District of Columbia.  Altogether, they represent 165 electoral votes.

Several States Closer to Overthrowing Electoral College.  George Washington once warned against those who would undermine the Constitution.  "It is requisite," he wrote, "that you resist with care the spirit of innovation upon [constitutional] principles however specious the pretexts.  One method of assault may be to effect, in the forms of the Constitution, alterations which will impair the energy of the system, and thus to undermine what cannot be directly overthrown."  Washington's statement could easily have been aimed at the anti-Electoral College National Popular Vote effort, which is currently working to win support in several states.

"Rigging" the electoral system only is bad when it hurts Democrats.  As things stand now, the Electoral College favors Democrats because they are all but guaranteed to win a small number of large winner take all states, such as California, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, plus a coalition of hopelessly blue states.  Democrats start off close to victory because of winner-take-all voting in those states, even if they win those states by a small margin in each state.  The system currently is "rigged" to favor Democrats, if you want to look at it that way.

OH, VA Republicans Consider Changes to Electoral Vote System.  Since the 2012 presidential election, Republicans in Virginia and Ohio have floated the possibility of getting rid of their states' "winner-take-all" systems of awarding electoral votes, proposing instead that they apportion their electoral votes by congressional district.

Time to eliminate the Electoral College?  With some national polls showing the possibility of Romney winning the popular vote over Obama but failing to secure 270 electoral votes, an effort is underway to eliminate the Electoral College.

The Electoral College Is Brilliant, And We Would Be Insane To Abolish It.  No matter who is running, each presidential election comes with a de facto bogeyman already picked — the election process itself.  The electoral college is loathed, depending on the election, by Democrats (2000), Republicans (2012), Third Party candidates (1804-2012) and other activist groups.  Still, this is one of the best systems out there without a doubt.

One step closer to elimination of the electoral college:
Dem's amendment would give 29 more electoral votes to popular-vote winner.  The head of the House Democratic campaign arm this week proposed a constitutional amendment that would give the winner of the popular vote in the presidential race an additional 29 electoral votes.  Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) did not offer an explanation in the joint resolution filed in the House for why he was proposing to change the way elections in the U.S. are decided.

Al Gore calls to end Electoral College.  Former Vice President Al Gore called for an end to the Electoral College tonight [8/30/2012].

Thanks Al, But Next Time Invent the Internet.  Former Vice President Al Gore recently expressed his newly developed opinion that the United States should dispense with the Electoral College formula for choosing the President and Vice President.  Of course, this complex and enduring practice gets beat up every four years.  It seems a bit convoluted, especially when considering that Americans will someday be able to cast their votes on a mobile device.  The Electoral College is very deliberately not a popular-vote method; that being one vote counted for every person voting.  Rather, it comes from a place of time-honored wisdom that receives a certain validation whenever someone with the intellectual stature of Al Gore kicks it around.

National Popular Vote Is a Bad Idea.  Moving quietly under the cover of the presidential debates and the enormous publicity given to the Republican nomination race is a plan to change how U.S. presidents are elected.  It would bypass the procedure spelled out in the U.S. Constitution, which has been used successfully for over two centuries.

Left Tries an End-Run Around the Electoral College.  Liberals have concocted yet another method to get around the founders' Constitution.  They plan to elect the President in 2012 on the basis of the national popular vote, rather than by a majority of the electoral college.  Although earlier progressive innovations have confused the process, the Constitution is quite clear that the President is chosen by electors, appointed by each state "in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct."

Political scientists slam Pennsylvania electoral vote plan.  A proposal to change the way Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes will be counted in next year's presidential election is getting a thumbs down from two prominent political scientists.

Electoral College Reform to Preserve States' Rights.  The National Popular Vote Compact is a state law which would require the presidential electors of each state that pass it to award all of the state's electoral votes to that candidate who wins the national popular vote.  The compact would go into effect when states with a majority of the Electoral College all pass this compact law.  The left wants a national democracy rather than a republic.  It is pushing this "reform" hard.

The Presidential Qualification Issue.  At the outset, we need to dispose of the idea that the Constitution contemplates political parties nominating candidates to run for president or vice president.  It does not.  Both president and vice president are elected by a special constitutional body, the Electoral College.  The members of that college are under no obligation to vote for any person to be president or vice president.  If a Perry-Rubio ticket swept all fifty states, the Electoral College could instead, quite properly, elect Al Franken and Maxine Waters to be president and vice president.

Pennsylvania GOP looks to split electoral votes.  "However Philadelphia goes, that's how the rest of the state goes," Rep. Robert A. Brady, Pennsylvania Democrat, told the roaring crowd.  "We've been doing it for the last 25 years, we're going to do it again.  We're going to be the biggest reason why we're going to reelect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States."  But state Republican leaders are pushing a legislative proposal to change that equation.  And it could cost Mr. Obama, who carried Pennsylvania in 2008, at least half of the state's electoral votes in 2012.

In Defense of the Pennsylvania Electoral College Plan.  For those who don't yet know about it (if the plan gets close to fruition, it will be one of the biggest political stories of the year), Pennsylvania is considering allocating their Electoral College votes in 2012 the way that Maine and Nebraska already do so by giving two to the winner of the state and one each to the victor of every congressional district.

Left's Agenda Inches Forward.  While the massive union effort to overturn the Wisconsin state senate failed, in California the Left quietly moved its agenda forward this week when Governor Jerry Brown signed the "National Popular Vote" bill whose purpose is to award the state's 55 electoral votes to the presidential candidate with the most popular votes nationally.  Why is this significant?  California is the eighth state (along with the District of Columbia) to pass this legislation.  It is written to take effect if and when states representing a majority of the 538 electoral votes have passed similar legislation.  This means that if Candidate A wins the vote in your state, but Candidate B wins it nationally, your state's electors would be required to vote for B.

Dissenters in GOP rethink Electoral College.  A once-sleepy movement that would upend the Electoral College, reverse two centuries of constitutional practice and elect presidents by direct popular vote has quietly picked up momentum in recent days, with Republican Party leaders scrambling to stanch a steady stream of defections by GOP state lawmakers to the plan.

GOP Leaders United in Defense of Electoral College.  One political controversy that came up repeatedly during the meeting of Republican state chairmen here May 15 to 17 was the latest effort by liberals nationwide to scrap the Electoral College in favor of popular election of the President.  Almost to a person, GOP party leaders are adamantly opposed to the proposed change and, in fact, several of them told Human Events they hope to put the party on record in its opposition at the next meeting of the Republican National Committee in the spring.

Why we shouldn't abolish the Electoral College.  Basically, the Electoral College provides that each state shall have a number of electors equal to the number of members in the House of Representatives and the senators from that state — the most populous states have the most electors, but all states have at least three because they have two senators and at least one member of Congress.  The method of electing the electors in a presidential election is up to the states.  Today, all states attempt to have the popular vote in their state reflected in the electors chosen.  Most states provide for "winner take all."

Electoral College Attack Leads to Voter Fraud.  The latest attack perpetrated by progressive-statists strikes at the republican nature of our constitutional system through the destruction of the electoral college.

Electoral College under assault.  In a strange and dangerous pandering to populism over constitutionalism, the Massachusetts legislature approved a law on July 27 that overturns the Electoral College in that state.  In other words, nullification is alive and well in the Bay State.  According to Democratic state Sen. James B. Eldridge, "every vote will be of the same weight across the country."  This nullification of Article 2, Section I, Clauses 2 and 3 (Electoral College) of the Constitution is meant to facilitate a particular political outcome.  The nullification phenomenon is all the more important because of the deafening silence from Washington.

Tinkering With The Electoral College Vote.  What's brewing in the Rockies?  Colorado, apparently with considerably more than the required 67,000 or so signatures, likely will have a referendum proposal on the November 2, 2004 ballot, to apportion electoral votes a la Maine and Nebraska — and to do it retroactively!

Electoral College remains our best option.  [A]fter all this time, in the end, the Electoral College chooses the president and vice president.  Sorry to remind you.  So, get ready for the howls to abolish the Electoral College.  To do that, in my opinion, would be a colossal mistake.  I used to think otherwise until I did some homework.

Nelson bill would abolish Electoral College.  Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College on Friday [6/6/2008], less than a week after the Democrats settled on how to handle delegates from Florida at their national convention.  "It's time for Congress to really give Americans the power of one-person, one-vote, instead of the political machinery selecting candidates and electing our president," Nelson said in a release announcing the amendment.

Don't Mess With the Electoral College.  With their appeal to independents, Barack Obama and John McCain may scramble the electoral map in November.  Others want to go further and throw out the Electoral College completely, replacing this "complicated" and "undemocratic" system with a direct, nationwide popular vote for the presidency.  Despite its democratic allure, it's a bad idea.

California State Senate OKs bypassing Electoral College.  The state Senate on Tuesday [8/22/2006] approved an Assembly bill that seeks to bypass the Electoral College system and institute a national popular vote to elect the president of the United States.  AB2948, which received a 23-14 vote in the Senate, calls for an interstate compact where states would commit all of their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote regardless of which candidate wins in each state.

[Why do so many bad ideas originate in California?]

Making A Case for the Electoral College.  The framers of the Constitution wanted a form of government "that would reflect the people but also respect the minority."  The system they set up "allows the majority to rule, but only when it is reasonable.  It also allows the minority to throw up road blocks."  The Electoral College is the perfect system that provides the coexistence of these provisions.

Direct Election v. Electoral College:  Our Constitution is dedicated to securing everybody's rights.  This requires that we be concerned not only with size, but with the character of the majorities voting our president to office.  There are many ways in which our Constitution is configured to prevent simple majorities.

An End Run Around the Constitution.  Rather than going through the labors of amending the Constitution to replace the electoral college system with a national tally for president, which has failed every time it has been attempted, they have come up with a plan for bypassing the required two-thirds vote in the House and Senate and ratification by three-fourths of the states.

Illinois Law Would Bypass Electoral College.  Illinois will award its presidential electoral votes to the winner of the nationwide popular vote — but only if several other states follow suit.  A bill signed into law Monday by Gov. Rod Blagojevich made Illinois the third state, after Maryland and New Jersey, ready to bypass the Electoral College in November.

No Need to Tinker with the Constitution.  Let's face it.  Some people, especially liberals, just don't like the U.S. Constitution.  Every few years, they come up with wild or devious plans to make major changes.  The would-be rewriters of the Constitution do not merely propose amendments to remedy a problem, as allowed for in Article V.  They seek structural change after hurling put-downs such as archaic and out-of-date.

An attempt to circumvent the Electoral College is really an urban power grab.  Washington state's 2004 governor's race was decided by just 129 votes.  A judge found 1,678 illegal votes were cast, and it turned out that 1,200 more votes were counted in Seattle's King County than the number of people recorded as voting.  This affected just Washington state, but in a direct national election where everything hangs on a small number of urban districts, such manipulations could easily decide presidencies.

Change In California Electoral Votes Not Likely.  An initiative may be placed on the ballot in California to change the way the state allocates its Electoral Votes.  Some political pundits have noted excitedly that the change could add 20 Electoral Votes to the Republican column in Election 2008.  However, a Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey confirms the common sense expectation that this change will not be approved by voters.

Electoral college bill ignites partisan fight.  [Colorado] Senate Bill 46 would put Colorado in an interstate agreement to elect the president by popular vote, instead of the electoral system currently in place. The Senate gave initial approval to the measure; a formal vote is scheduled for Wednesday [1/24/2007]. Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon, D-Denver, said the current system is antiquated and causes presidential candidates to target only a handful of states.

Oregon, other states, consider end run around Electoral College.  Population-wise, Oregon is far overshadowed by its neighbors to the north and south.  But during recent presidential election years, candidates have tended to bypass staunchly blue California and Washington in favor of campaigning and advertising in the Beaver State.

National popular vote bill advances.  The [Hawaii] state House has given final approval to a proposal calling for the abolition of the current Electoral College system of electing the U.S. president in favor of deciding the election by the national popular vote.

Democrats rally to defend the electoral college system.  A Republican push to change America's historic voting system is faltering after a fightback by Democrats fearful that it could cost them the 2008 presidential election.  Republican activists in California, the most populous state in the country, have set in motion a proposal to change the law to end the winner-takes-all electoral college system.  The change, if it went through, would effectively hand the next election to the Republicans.

Dumbing Down The Electoral College.  Since 2004, when John Kerry almost won the presidency while trailing in the popular vote, and 2000, when George W. Bush did win — and even before — the Electoral College has been a target of those who consider it a dangerous anachronism.  To correct this alleged flaw in our democratic process, New Jersey recently became the second state to decide to award its electoral college votes, 15 in all, to the winner of the national popular vote regardless of who carried the state.  Maryland earlier was the first state to do so with its 10 votes.  A similar proposal is headed for the desk of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  Yes, he's a Democrat.

States Move to Subvert the Electoral College.  A proposal that would allow the "national popular vote" to elect the president is gaining steam, but so are opponents.  As the governor of Illinois considers the bill and left-wing lobbyists push it in other states, some governors are standing firm.

Why the Electoral College Decides:  The whole purpose of the Constitution is to defuse power so that neither the President, nor the Supreme Court, nor Congress, could become a tyranny over the people.  It deliberately made the process of passing legislation laborious in order to slow it down for adequate deliberation and for the people's voices to be heard.  As Gary L. Gregg II, the editor of Securing Democracy, points out, "Properly understood, the Electoral College and its origins point to the ideas and values that undergird the entire American constitutional system as these were embedded in the foundations of the Electoral College itself."

Should the side with the most votes always win?  You gotta admit, it is a little weird that the United States — every four years — goes through this drawn-out rigmarole of a presidential campaign, building to a climax on Election Day in November … only then to turn over the real election of the president to the Electoral College, a dusty and obscure outfit.  There have been a lot of criticisms of the college over time.  But what seems to bother most modern critics is the notion that a U.S. president can be elected even without getting the most popular votes nationwide, as in 2000.

The Brilliance of the Electoral College:  Over the last two centuries, constitutional amendments to abolish or alter the Electoral College have been proposed in Congress more than 700 times.  None has ever come close to being adopted — an indication, perhaps, of the existing system's enduring value.  The most recent such proposal, introduced by US Senator Bill Nelson of Florida, would eliminate the Electoral College in favor of direct popular election of the president.

Save the Electoral College.  For about as long as some of us can remember, there have been proposals around to junk the Electoral College and find some other way to elect a president of the United States.  Whether a new system should be devised was a national debate question when I was in high school, and that was a long, long time ago.  Yet for all the dissatisfaction with the Electoral College over the years, no one has been able to sell the American people on an alternative.

Save the electoral college.  For about as long as some of us can remember, there have been proposals to junk the Electoral College and find some other way to elect a president of the United States.  Whether a new system should be devised was a national debate question when I was in high school, and that was a long, long time ago.  Yet for all the dissatisfaction with the Electoral College over the years, no one has been able to sell the American people on an alternative.

Oregon House votes to end the Electoral College.  The Oregon House voted today to end the electoral college system in favor of the popular vote in electing a U.S. president.  House Bill 2588, which passed 39-19, now moves to the Senate.

When picking a president, don't do what's popular.  The anti-Electoral College movement has found its newest champion in a state-by-state effort to yield electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. ... Basically, this would turn the Electoral College model inside out and could render the electoral votes of non-participating states ineffective.  Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland and New Jersey already are on board with this plan.

State house approves popular vote for president.  Colorado would join a national agreement to change the way the president is elected under a bill the House approved Tuesday [3/17/2009].  "Basically, whoever receives the most votes for president in all 50 states should become president," said the sponsor, Rep. Andy Kerr, D-Lakewood.

Group gains against Electoral College.  A movement to bypass the Electoral College and elect the president based on the popular vote is gaining steam, racking up almost one-fifth of the support needed to trigger the plan.  National Popular Vote, a California-based group formed in 2006, has won commitments from four states to award their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote.  Those four states — Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois and Hawaii — have 50 electoral votes among them.

Attacks on the Electoral College Gain Momentum.  You won't hear about it in the mainstream media, but the Electoral College is on the verge of being eliminated.  One important legislative vote could occur Thursday [6/24/2010]  Two others could occur in the upcoming days and weeks  A California-based group, National Popular Vote, is lobbying hard for a dangerous piece of anti-Electoral College legislation.

Anti-Electoral College Advocates:  Pass Bill Now, Ask Questions Later.  When health care reform was being debated this year, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi infamously declared, "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."  Now a liberal California group is attempting to do the same thing:  Pass a bill first, ask questions later.  This time, it's the National Popular Vote (NPV) group, and they want state legislatures to pass anti-Electoral College legislation that they have proposed, yet they have not answered questions about the logistical complications of the solution that they have devised.




Bad ideas

San Joaquin County looking into absentee-only voting ballots.  By 2012, voters in San Joaquin County may not have a polling place in which to cast their ballot.  Instead, they may be required to vote by absentee ballot only.  County officials are exploring the idea of a vote-by-mail-only system because it could save the county considerable money, Registrar of Voters Austin Erdman told the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday [8/31/2010].

The Editor says...
Something tells me this idea originated at ACORN.

Vote system that elected NY Hispanic could expand.  The court-ordered election that allowed residents of one New York town to flip the lever six times for one candidate — and produced a Hispanic winner — could expand to other towns where minorities complain their voices aren't being heard.

How Is Rigging Elections Fair to Immigrants?  A Nebraska town wants renters to prove they are in the country legally, and Port Chester, N.Y., was forced to swallow a goofy voting scheme that makes sense only if the aim is to erase the distinction between legal and illegal immigrants.  Under the plan, imposed by a federal judge in response to a 2006 Justice Department civil-rights suit, each voter in the board of trustees election got six votes.  A voter could give all six votes to one candidate, or divide them among several.

Trying to Make History, With 6 Votes Per Person.  No one is sure whether the complicated new process, which emerged from a bitter and expensive legal battle, will have the desired effect — or plunge the community into a new round of litigation.

The Demise of One Man, One Vote.  In yet another scheme to radically transform our country, progressives have quietly carried out their plan to incrementally disenfranchise citizens and grant extraordinary voting rights to non-citizens.  This is accomplished by challenging requirements to prove citizenship when registering to vote and replacing the "one man, one vote" principle with proportional voting, a voting method promoted by the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus as one of their progressive promises to America.

Residents get 6 votes each in suburban NY election.  [Arthur] Furano cast multiple votes on the instructions of a federal judge and the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a new election system crafted to help boost Hispanic representation.

The Editor says...
Why stop at six votes?  Why not give a dozen votes to everyone who is not (for example) a white male?  How about allowing ten votes per Democrat, and one vote per Republican?  All in the interest of fairness, of course.

Goodbye to One Man, One Vote.  If you thought that "one man, one vote" reflected the full flowering of representative democracy, think again.  In the village of Port Chester, N.Y., just a few towns north of my locality in Westchester County, there is a new system.  It's "one (minority) man, six votes" — brought to us courtesy of the U.S. Department of Injustice and a lunkhead of a federal judge named Stephen Robinson.

Why Tea Partiers Say Throw the Bums Out:  Demoting all major economic and corruption problems facing our country to the bottom of the agenda, the House devoted a long afternoon [4/29/2010] and 12 roll-call votes to passing a bill to force U.S. statehood on Puerto Rico.  Of course this ploy had to be Nancy Pelosi's doing, but she made it bipartisan by getting 39 Republicans to vote with her. ... [T]he new vote prescribed in the mischievously named "Democracy" bill will set an all-time record for dishonest elections. ... The bill would allow persons who were born in Puerto Rico but now live and vote in the United States to vote in these Puerto Rican referenda.  That means giving the vote to a group based on ethnicity rather than on residency, and should be held unconstitutional under the 15th Amendment.

More about the 51st State.

UVR = Universal Voter Registration
How to Lock Democrats in Power:  A variety of moves being undertaken by Democrats are designed to ensure their permanent hold on power through engineering a new electorate. ... [John] Fund asserts that UVR will open the nation up to massive vote fraud.  The reasons are straightforward and many.  Among them, (1) registering people using existing government databases will result in many duplicates, (2) many of the lists contain names of illegal immigrants; and (3) the list could be expanded to include felons currently ineligible to vote.

Universal voter registration:  Letting crooks & illegals vote.  The proposal is to register everyone on every welfare list, everyone getting unemployment insurance, everyone with a driver's license, everyone who has had run-ins with the legal system, everyone owning any property — basically everyone on every list the government keeps.  People will be registered to vote whether or not they want to be registered.  If individuals are on any public record, they will be automatically registered.  Obviously a lot of illegal aliens have driver's licenses, and many get other government benefits.  Quite a few have rap sheets.

New voting law taking effect.  A key change to Iowa's voting system takes effect Jan. 1.  This year the Iowa Legislature approved same-day voter registration.  That means Iowans will be able to register to vote on Election Day.

Voting initiative could create a millionaire.  With supporters hoping to boost voter participation, an initiative filed Monday [5/22/2006] for [Arizona's] November election would provide $1 million to one randomly chosen Arizona voter just for casting a ballot.

[How would that improve the quality of elected officials?]


Miscellaneous issues

This sounds like an idea you'd expect to hear in a communist dictatorship.
Desperation: Obama Surrogate Calls to Make Voting Mandatory.  Peter Orszag, former head of the Obama Office of Management and Budget, is desperate.  With even Roll Call recognizing that President Obama is fighting an uphill battle for re-election, Orszag is floating a trial balloon:  mandatory voting.

Texas Wins One for Judicial Restraint.  On January 20, the Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a three-judge federal court in Texas in a case that shows the Voting Rights Act at its most unworkable.  The Court's ruling highlights the importance of a state's legislative policy judgments in redistricting work and, in so doing, reinforces the importance of judicial restraint.

White Air Force Vet Prohibited from Registering to Vote Because of Race.  Believe it or not, there is a place where the American flag flies that citizens of particular races are excluded from voting.  Citizens not of the chosen race are not allowed to vote in an important election.  White and Asian citizens of the United States there are even prohibited from registering to vote for the election.  As implausible as it sounds, such is the law on the island of Guam, a territory where the American flag flies and the Voting Rights Act applies, along with the 15th Amendment to the Constitution.  Unless you are a Chamorro (a "native"), you are not allowed to register to vote for a certain election involving the future of Guam.  If you are white, or Filipino, you are prohibited from participating.

The Left Owns the Election Law Industry.  Leftist foundations, litigators and organizations have established permanent structures designed to alter election outcomes through policy advocacy and strategic litigation. ... They bring lawsuits under federal and state statutes ranging from the Voting Rights Act, Motor Voter law and the Help America Vote Act.  They station teams of election observers in polling places around the nation every election to fuel their litigation and their media efforts.  Almost nobody opposes their efforts.

Montgomery County voter rolls mistakenly boosted by 3,000.  Montgomery County [Pennsylvania] mistakenly inflated its voter rolls for years, registering more than 3,000 people as independents who never meant to sign up to vote at all, officials said Friday [5/13/2011].  The revelation — less than a week before Tuesday's primary election — won't necessarily open the floodgates to a new wave of voters.  Only registered Republicans or Democrats can cast ballots in their respective primaries.

A Reform the Tea Party Should Embrace.  Gerrymandering is a perfect example of bloated corruption in American government today.  Ending gerrymandering is not hard.  Congress could pass a very simple statute like this:  "All legislative districts in the United States shall be drawn compact, contiguous, and as nearly as possible along existing county or parish borders."

All of Harris County's voting machines destroyed in 3-alarm north Houston fire.  Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman this morning said she is confident of timely, clean elections in November, even as a fire that destroyed the county's entire inventory of 10,000 electronic voting machines still burned.  Kaufman urged voters to cast their ballots early to help the county cope with a possible shortage of equipment on election day.

It's Time to Worry About Houston.  Voter fraud and a suspicious fire threaten the November elections in Texas' largest city.

New York State Opens a Door to Vote Fraud.  In the era before the Australian "secret ballot" came to America, voting could be a tricky — and often violent — proposition.  Goons from such big-city machines as Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall knew how you voted, and if you knew what was good for you, you voted the right way.  All that changed with the secret ballot.  What you did behind the curtain stayed behind the curtain.  American elections got a lot cleaner and fairer.  But with an absentee ballot, party activists can "assist" you in filling out those ballots as they cannot "assist" you at your local polling place.  The possibility for intimidation increases exponentially once those in power — or those who lust for power — know how you are voting.

Value Added Tax and Illegals.  Many Americans believe voting is the most important thing they do as U.S. citizens.  No.  It isn't.  The most important thing good American citizens can and should do is to become involved in the candidate selection process before voting.  That means you need to attend local caucuses or whatever pre-ballot candidate selection process your State offers.  You must become informed about candidates so you know to whom political power is being given before their name appears on a ballot.

Obama and the White House Chicago Boys.  Barack Obama has a problem.  His polls numbers are dropping and his policies are fueling an angry backlash across America.  The Democratic party is held in disrepute, and congressional Democrats are dropping like flies.  This imperils Obama's radical agenda and his own 2012 prospects.  What to do?  Game the system and rig the future elections.  That is how things are done in the streets of Chicago.

Ohio Election Fraud:  Convicted Felons Illegally Worked for Anti-Smoking Initiative.  Among other violations, 47 felons were hired illegally by the advocacy group SmokeFree America to collect signatures for issue five, a ballot initiative to ban smoking in Ohio's small businesses.  Kidnappers, thieves and rapists were hired to collect signatures and addresses despite the fact that Ohio election law prohibits felons from working petition workers.

A Wave of Likely Voter Fraud and the Linguistic Ripple.  The solution [to unauthorized voting] is not yet — and perhaps never may be — politically acceptable.  Two possibilities come to mind.  One would be a Federal or State identification card, driver's license or otherwise, which displays not less than full name, home address, voting situs (township, ward, precinct, etc.), date current residence acquired, photograph.  Another would be a document created and certified under State law evidencing that the holder owned the property of his or her residence, fee simple or condominium, or rented pursuant to a written lease.  Simplest of all, State law also could require advance registration of six months, preferably one year, perhaps with an exception for active-duty military personnel and their spouses.

Pro-Obama, Muslim-led voter registration in mosques.  A leading critic of Islam isn't surprised there has been virtually no coverage or action taken against a Muslim group that has been running an illegal "get out the vote" campaign in swing-state mosques.

UK elections vulnerable to fraud — e-voting no solution.  An investigation into the UK's electoral system has found serious failings with security ahead of London's Mayoral elections on Thursday [4/24/2008].  The Rowntree Reform Trust's report Purity of Elections in the UK: Causes for Concern highlighted weaknesses with postal voting and the inaccuracy of the electoral roll as the biggest threats to British democracy.

ID confusion could nullify mail ballots.  More than 35,000 newly registered Colorado voters could see their mail ballots tossed out because of confusion over the need to include a copy of their ID with their votes.  The state requires county clerks to verify the identification of all new voters.  Often, it's as simple as comparing a driver's license number on a voter registration form to the state's motor vehicle database.

Human Error Not Machine, Found During Recount. New Hampshire's presidential primary recount has drawn national attention and a great deal of scrutiny from hundreds of voters across the nation who think there could be a conspiracy, but officials said the minor problems that have been found so far were the result of human error.

Wisconsin court:  Voter registration official did not commit a crime.  The supervisor of a voter registration drive did not commit a crime during the 2004 election when he failed to stop others from submitting fraudulent voter registration forms, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday [4/25/2007].  The court reversed the conviction of Damien Jones on one count of falsifying statements relating to voter registration as party to a crime.  Jones, 27, supervised a voter registration drive for a liberal-leaning group in Racine and Kenosha.  The appeals court said he was guilty of poor supervision but that is not a crime.

Voter Registration Is the New Battleground.  In just about every election, understaffed polling sites, malfunctioning voting machines and outdated voter data are reported.  Such bureaucratic problems often are rolled into the divide between Democrats and Republicans over who should vote and how — a battle that has become more intense since the 2000 Florida recount.

Voter deception bill passes House.  Those who knowingly convey false information with the intent to keep others from voting would face up to five years in prison under voter deception legislation that passed the House on Monday.  The legislation, passed by voice vote, was spearheaded by Democrats who cited alleged incidents during the 2006 elections of minorities, immigrants and other legal voters being misled about election dates, guided to the wrong polling sites or told they were ineligible to vote.

Feds sue Philadelphia over voting rights.  The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday [10/13/2006] sued the city of Philadelphia, claiming it violated the rights of Spanish-speaking voters.  The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said the city failed to provide language assistance at the polls to most Spanish-speaking voters in recent elections, the department said.

A Repeat of 2004 Philly Voter Chaos, Fraud.  GOP Election Board members have been tossed out of polling stations in at least half a dozen polling stations in Philadelphia because of their party status.  A Pennsylvania judge previously ruled that court-appointed poll watchers could [NOT be] removed from their boards by an on-site election judge, but that is exactly what is happening, according to sources on the ground.  It is the duty of election board workers to monitor and guard the integrity of the voting process.

Audit finds $3.8 million in election funds improperly spent.  More than $3.8 million in federal election money was spent improperly or without required documentation by former Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, federal auditors said in a report released Wednesday [12/21/2005].

Study finds the 2004 election was the most accurate of modern times.  The 2004 national elections were the most accurate of modern times with nearly 99 percent of all ballots cast registering a vote for president, according to a new study by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Study Shows Voting is Harder in Some States.  Some states have enacted laws that make it harder to vote instead of correcting ballot problems that have plagued various parts of the country since the 2000 election, according to a study released Thursday.  Describing their findings as "troubling," voting reform advocates sampled 10 states with past election difficulties.

Problems Plague Election Administrators.  Wendy Noren had all the voting machines she needed.  What she lacked was the stuff that made them work.  So the elections supervisor of Boone County, Mo., didn't sleep Tuesday night.  Instead, she worked furiously into the next morning, outlining a last-minute election plan for a county of 150,000 people, a plan that relied on pen and paper and hand-counted votes and that's with the country's midterm election little more than two weeks away.

Federal judge invalidates Florida 100-foot exit poll restriction.  A federal judge Tuesday [10/24/2006] declared unconstitutional a Florida law that prohibits exit polling within 100 feet of a voting place, finding there was no evidence that such surveys are disruptive or threaten access to voting.

Californians are sick of voting.  Californians set a record in 2002:  Fewer turned out for a primary election than ever before — just 34.6% of registered voters.  Even fewer may turn out for June's primary.

[There's nothing wrong with low voter turnout.  Those who are informed and motivated will vote every time.  Many Democrats show great determination to get to the polls on election day, even if they're dead!]

Voting Equipment Usage in the United States:  Voting equipment maps and reports provide statistics on the types of voting equipment and used by election jurisdictions in the United States.  Information from voting equipment maps is summarized on a voting equipment report that also includes names of voting equipment vendors and information on voting precincts, population, and registered voters.

Half of Lost Voter Records Found in Denver.  More than half of the 150,000 voting records reported missing from city election offices have been found, raising hopes that they were simply misplaced during a move in February, not lost or stolen.  The lost microfilmed voter registration files records contain Social Security numbers, addresses and other personal information from 1989 to 1998.

ACLU, Chesterfield again at odds.  The ACLU of Virginia is offering its legal services to Chesterfield County voters who are denied absentee ballots for refusing to give their Social Security number to election officials.  The issue gained attention this month after Chesterfield election officials blocked a county voter from submitting an absentee ballot after he refused to provide his Social Security number.

Maryland judge nixes early voting.  Early voting in Maryland is illegal because the state's constitution allows only one day to cast ballots, an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge ruled Friday [8/11/2006].

Ohio's odd numbers:  No conspiracy theorist, and no fan of John Kerry's, the author nevertheless found the Ohio polling results impossible to swallow:  Given what happened in that key state on Election Day 2004, both democracy and common sense cry out for a court-ordered inspection of its new voting machines.

The drunks may save our election system.  The burden in a criminal case is on the state to show that the [breathalyzer] machine was certified. … Failing that, of course, you can have a "Wizard of Oz" effect, where the man behind the curtain presses a secret button and the machine says "drunk."  [But it's very different in the case of electronic voting machines.]

Elections commission fines Oliphant $10,000.  The Florida Elections Commission on Friday [11/18/2005] fined a former Broward County elections supervisor $10,000 for neglecting her duties during a botched 2002 primary.  The commissioners said Miriam Oliphant willfully neglected her duties, which caused dozens of polls to open late and close early in the county during that year's gubernatorial primary.

Felony conviction looms over official.  Marc Hoskins won a Galveston City Council seat May 13 even though he acknowledged publicly that he is a convicted felon — a fact that usually bars a person from holding elected office in Texas.

Why is it so hard to run an honest election?  My advice is to vote carefully.  Read the instructions carefully, and ask questions if you are confused.  Follow the instructions carefully, checking every step as you go.  Remember that it might be impossible to correct a problem once you've finished voting.  In many states … you can request a paper ballot if you have any worries about the voting machine.

Academia Still Fixated on John Kerry.  John Kerry conceded defeat weeks ago, and President Bush has already revamped his Cabinet.  But as states certify final election returns, an academic debate over their accuracy is heating up.  None of the experts examining the returns has discovered voting anomalies significant enough to have swung the election.

Remember the Florida 'Chad' Fiasco?  Uniquely, the 4.14% double-punch rate in Palm Beach County was four times larger than it was in any other voting precinct in the United States using a punch card ballot.  The double-punch rate in the presidential race in the rest of Florida was 1%.  The double-punch error rate for the US congressional and senatorial candidates nationwide and in Florida was also 1%.  What is even more strange is that in the precincts which experienced the 4.14% double-punch rate at the top of the ticket, the double-punches for the congressional and senatorial candidates mirrored the national average of 1%.  The only explanation for the 4.14% double punch rate at the top of the ticket is that precinct workers were pre-punching the ballots before giving them to the voters.  In Palm Beach County, Pat Buchanan did not have any supporters handing out ballots to voters standing in line to vote.  All of the double punched ballots had a vote cast for Gore.  There were no double-punched ballots for Buchanan and Bush — only Buchanan and Gore or Bush and Gore.

Stop and think.  While many people are urging us to vote — regardless of for whom, for what, or for what reason — there are very few urging us to do what is far more important:  Stop and think!  Voting is not a matter of personal expression but a serious responsibility for choosing what course this country will take in the years — and decades — ahead.

Do Voters Choose Politicians, or Do Politicians Choose Voters?  Gerrymandering, campaign finance reform, and public subsidies are three ways that government intervention has reduced political competition, according to a new study.

Voting chaos looms for American election.  The electronic voting system designed for the forthcoming American election is fundamentally flawed and could undermine the trustworthiness of the entire US democratic process, a scientist has told the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Asleep at the wheel.  In spite of what you hear from your government school teacher, your leftist college professor, or that smiling talking head on television, we are not a democracy.  Never were.  Weren't supposed to be.  You won't find the word "democracy" in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States or in any constitution of any of the 50 States.  There's a reason for that.  Our founding fathers hated the idea of democracy.  They knew that a government of majority rule would dissolve into a tyranny of plunder and chaos.

Lorain County should resist DOJ claims of bilingual voting woes.  Lorain County Board of Elections officials should resist efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice to impose what could be costly and unnecessary additional bilingual services to voters who only speak and understand Spanish.  For decades, the county elections board has provided bilingual translators for Spanish-speaking voters.  Elections Director Paul Adams said the board has not received any complaints from Spanish-speaking voters of not being able to cast ballots.  Apparently, that's not good enough for the Obama administration and Attorney General Eric Holder.

The Democrats' Recall Bomb.  The left-liberals have got themselves a new political weapon.  Democrat inability to prevail at the ballot box has led to tactics of desperation.  Falling numbers of Democratic voters ... [has resulted in] the introduction of all sorts of novel electoral tactics, usually backroom stuff that would be familiar to Boss Tweed and Frank Hague:  endless recounts spiced up by ballots appearing out of quantum black holes, opponents being denied places on the ballot by legal action (a Cook County special strongly endorsed by none other than Barack Obama), voting by felons and illegal immigrants.  Frivolous recall elections are simply the latest of these.

Flaws seen in absentee ballot program.  Less than 5 percent of 2 million military personnel in states that are home to 80 percent of U.S. troops voted last year, the report by the Military Voter Protection Project (MVP) said.

Web sites:

VerifiedVoting.org:  Will your vote count in the next election?  Maybe not!  How will we even know?  We advocate the use of voter-verified paper ballots (VVPBs) for all elections in the United States, so voters can inspect individual permanent records of their ballots before they are cast and so meaningful recounts may be conducted.  We also insist that electronic voting equipment and software be open to public scrutiny and that random, surprise recounts be conducted on a regular basis to audit election equipment.  Paperless electronic voting systems are failing us.  Worse yet, resistance from the elections official community is astonishing!

Voter Action   "... is a not-for-profit organization that provides legal, research and organizing support to ensure election integrity in the United States.  Our current focus is to protect as many jurisdictions as possible from the acquisition and use of privatized, electronic voting systems which have been shown to have the most severe security risks and records of inaccuracy and unreliability."

FEC web page about the Help America Vote Act of 2002.

Full text of the Act -   HTML version   PDF version

Capitol Grilling:  Electronic Voting Machine Controversy.  (Discussion forum)

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has a very good page about voting in general and electronic voting in particular.

Black Box Voting:  Ballot-Tampering in the 21st Century.  Black Box Voting is defined as any voting system in which the mechanism for recording and/or tabulating the vote are hidden from the voter, and/or the mechanism lacks a tangible record of the vote cast.

List of voting machine errors.  There are several ways the mechanical lever machines can be rigged.  [But] computerized voting opens the door for a single individual to manipulate votes in elections across the country.


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