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Why the Electoral College Method Won’t Work to Reverse 2012 Election

Posted on the 21 November 2012 by Eowyn @DrEowyn

U.S. presidential elections are not actually determined by the popular vote, but by the Electoral College.

Two days ago, FOTM’s valiant Terry published a post “The New Plan of Attack,” asking our readers in the “red states” to contact their Electoral College electors to ask that they refrain from casting their ballots next month for America’s president and vice president. The idea is that, according to Article II of the U.S. Constitution, this would mean the presidency vote would then devolve to the U.S. House of Representatives where Republicans have a majority of 241 v. the Democrats’ 193. Presumably, those 241 Republican House members would NOT vote for Obama.

Indeed, Article II does specify that if no person has a majority of votes by the Electoral College, then the House of Representatives would vote for the President:

Art. II: “the person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President.

Alas, upon a closer reading of Article II, we now know and must woefully admit that this plan won’t work. Here’s the reason:

If the House of Representatives were to replace the Electoral College in selecting who would be President (and Vice President), Article II specifies in that voting, the House of Representatives would do so as reps of their states, with each state having only one vote:

Art. II: “But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote.

Further, Art. II also specifies that a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice.”

All of which means that if the House of Representatives were to elect the President, there would be 50 votes (“the representative from each state having one vote”), instead of the present 435 voting members who comprise the House.

Of America’s 50 states, 24 are “red states” which presumably (a big “if”) would not vote for Obama. Assuming that the 26 “blue states” will vote for Obama, that means the House of Rep. votes will at best be 24 v 26.

26 is “a majority” — which means that the plan to convince the Electoral College electors from the red states not to cast their ballots so that the vote will go to the House of Reps, won’t work.

Why the Electoral College method won’t work to reverse 2012 Election

Does that mean we sit on our behinds and do nothing?

Hell No!

We still have the option of writing our state’s attorney general to ask him or her to look into the compelling and ever-mounting evidence that massive vote fraud was committed in the 2012 presidential election. (See “22 signs of Democrat Voter Fraud in 2012 Election“.)

I did all the footwork for you, gathering the names and contact info of the attorneys general of the 50 states and territories. To find out who your state’s attorney general is, go to my post or click here:

Download (print) “22 signs of Democrat Voter Fraud in 2012 Election” and attach it to your letter to your attorney general.

Do it! Now!!!!


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