All blog posts are information taken from my upcoming book, “The Best Looking One Always Wins (Until Trump).” If you’d like a sample chapter, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s Electoral College Day. Today, electors from each state cast their ballot for President of the United States. I’m from New Mexico; Hillary Clinton won my state. So, her party gets to choose five people (electors) to cast their electoral vote for her today. You can be 99.9% sure that they’ll all five vote for Hillary Clinton. In Kentucky, one of the states Donald Trump won, his party gets to choose eight people to cast their electoral ballots for him. Again, you can be 99.9% certain they will.
Today, the Electoral College will most surely cast their ballots for Donald Trump. The ballots will be counted on January 6 and he will be inaugurated on Friday, January 20, 2017. At that time, he will officially transition from being the President-elect to the President of the United States.
In my memory, there is more desperate hope that the President-elect’s people will desert him, either voting for his opponent or for a totally different candidate. Would it be possible? It’s only happened once.
Both parties have kept a pretty tight lid on this for over two centuries, after the lid boiled over in the Election of 1796. It was the first real election, Adams vs. Jefferson (Washington’s were unanimous).
All 139 of the electors met at the capital and realized something: the vote didn’t matter because now the Electoral College delegates were free to do as they pleased. So instead of the campaign being over, it had just started. It was a free-for-all, with the two sides doing everything they could to get their man in. By the time it was over, 40% of the electors had refused to vote the way their parties told them to, switching from Jefferson to Adams, or switching the other way.
So, it’s possible. But not likely.