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Many states already require the elector to vote only for who won the state.

 

Twenty-nine states bind electors to the popular vote:

http://archive.fairvote.org/?page=967

State Control of Electors

There is no federal law that requires electors to vote as they have pledged, but 29 states and the District of Columbia have legal control over how their electors vote in the Electoral College. This means their electors are bound by state law and/or by state or party pledge to cast their vote for the candidate that wins the statewide popular vote. At the same time, this also means that there are 21 states in the union that have no requirements of, or legal control over, their electors. Therefore, despite the outcome of a state’s popular vote, the state’s electors are ultimately free to vote in whatever manner they please, including an abstention, with no legal repercussions. The states with legal control over their electors are the following 29 and D.C.:

 

Alabama (Code of Ala. §17-19-2)

Alaska (Alaska Stat. §15.30.090)

California (Election Code §6906)

Colorado (CRS §1-4-304)

Connecticut (Conn. Gen. Stat. §9-176)

Delaware (15 Del C §4303)

District of Columbia (§1-1312(g))

Florida (Fla. Stat. §103.021(1))

Hawaii (HRS §14-28)

Maine (21-A MRS §805)

Maryland (Md Ann Code art 33, §8-505)

Massachusetts (MGL, ch. 53, §8)

Michigan (MCL §168.47)

Mississippi (Miss Code Ann §23-15-785)

Montana (MCA §13-25-104)

Nebraska (§32-714)

Nevada (NRS §298.050)

New Mexico (NM Stat Ann §1-15-9)

North Carolina (NC Gen Stat §163-212)

Ohio (ORC Ann §3505.40)

Oklahoma (26 Okl St §10-102)

Oregon (ORS §248.355)

South Carolina (SC Code Ann §7-19-80)

Tennessee (Tenn Code Ann §2-15-104©)

Utah (Utah Code Ann §20A-13-304)

Vermont (17 VSA §2732)

Virginia (§24.2-203)

Washington (RCW §29.71.020)

Wisconsin (Wis Stat §7.75)

Wyoming (Wyo Stat §22-19-108)

 

That leaves 21 states which have no control over their electors. Adding these states to the 29 which already bind their electors to the popular vote, would, for practical purposes, mean a 100% popular vote in the USA.

 

The electoral college vs. the popular vote: Could states do an end-run ...

www.politifact.com/florida/article/.../electoral-college-vs-popular-vote-could-states-a/

Nov 17, 2016 - After Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but Donald Trump won the Electoral College, activists renewed a push to revamp the system by which the presidency is awarded. ... An effort known as The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement among several U.S. states and ...

"Eliminating the Electoral College does not even require a constitutional amendment. An effort known as The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement among several U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their respective electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote. Once states totaling 270 electoral votes join the compact -- which only requires passing state laws -- then the next presidential election will be determined (by) the popular vote, not the Electoral College."
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Twenty-nine states bind electors to the popular vote:

http://archive.fairvote.org/?page=967

 

That leaves 21 states which have not control over their electors. Adding these states to the 29 which already bind their electors to the popular vote, would, for practical purposes, mean a 100% popular vote in the USA.

 

The electoral college vs. the popular vote: Could states do an end-run ...
www.politifact.com/florida/article/.../electoral-college-vs-popular-vote-could-states-a/

Nov 17, 2016 - After Hillary Clinton won the popular vote but Donald Trump won the Electoral College, activists renewed a push to revamp the system by which the presidency is awarded. ... An effort known as The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is an agreement among several U.S. states and ...

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/19/politics/electoral-college-donald-trump-vote/

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By 4:30 p.m., 43 states had voted so far, with Trump collecting 259 votes to Hillary Clinton's 146.

In Washington state, four electors opted for other candidates, instead of backing Clinton. Three cast ballots for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and one backed Faith Spotted Eagle, a Native American activist who's been involved in the North Dakota pipeline fight. No other "faithless electors" have broken from their states' results, though a handful of states have replaced electors who expressed their intent to do so.
ha ha ha so hillary lost 4 votes
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Of course Trump will be confirmed by the Electoral College. That's as it should be. Not trying to overturn this election. But a popular vote can be instituted for future elections, providing both parties with a level playing field.

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Of course Trump will be confirmed by the Electoral College. That's as it should be. Not trying to overturn this election. But a popular vote can be instituted for future elections, providing both parties with a level playing field.

america voted for the good guy

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Obviously, there are people who think the Electoral College should go.

 

I, however, think the Electoral College is a valid and important part of our process, and critical to balancing the playing field to protect the American people. In this election, the whole thing could have been swung by one politically extreme, highly populous state (California) and I think the Electoral College worked exactly as designed to prevent one state from dictating to all the rest.

 

We are not a democracy; we are a Constitutional Republic, and as such the Electoral College has a valid and valuable place in our Electoral process.

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Obviously, there are people who think the Electoral College should go.

 

I, however, think the Electoral College is a valid and important part of our process, and critical to balancing the playing field to protect the American people. In this election, the whole thing could have been swung by one politically extreme, highly populous state (California) and I think the Electoral College worked exactly as designed to prevent one state from dictating to all the rest.

 

We are not a democracy; we are a Constitutional Republic, and as such the Electoral College has a valid and valuable place in our Electoral process.

 

 

"Democracy" does not mean direct democracy. Your second grade teacher should have taught you that.

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Many states already require the elector to vote only for who won the state.

States have the ability to set their own rules.

 

 

Of course Trump will be confirmed by the Electoral College. That's as it should be. Not trying to overturn this election. But a popular vote can be instituted for future elections, providing both parties with a level playing field.

So amend the Constitution and quit whining.

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Twenty-nine states bind electors to the popular vote

... OF THAT STATE, MORON.

 

To suggest that if all states did what those 29 do, Hillary would have won is downright false.

 

It's downright dishonest.

 

And you know it.

 

Get over it, snowflake.

 

Your side lost because Americans felt the country was going in the wrong direction.

 

Trump was elected by a system that was carefully thought out by the Founders and that has stood the test for 200 years.

 

We are not going to change it because some whiney, poor loser liberals insist we should.

 

GROW UP.

 

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