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Richard Hill: ‘Faithless Electors’ could save the election

Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution states: “Each state shall appoint in such a manner as the Legislature may direct, a number of electors equal to the whole number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or person holding an office of trust or profit under the United States, shall be appointed an elector.”

The electors then meet in their respective states and vote for two persons, one of whom shall be president and the other vice-president.

State laws generally require that electors vote for the person who receives a majority of the popular vote within their state and impose penalties for those electors failing to do so. Electors who fail to vote according to state law are called “Faithless Electors.”

In the history of the United States there have been 158 Faithless Electors and nary a one has ever been prosecuted. In fact, many legal authorities believe state laws that direct electors how to vote are unconstitutional.

And therein lays the solution to our current presidential election dilemma. Neither candidate seems to enjoy a majority of voter’s confidence. What if the electors meet and vote for either the Green or Independent Party candidates or anyone else for that matter for president?

Needless to say the Electoral College results will be quickly taken up by the Supreme Court. If the legal authorities are correct and the electors can vote for whomever they want then we could have a new president not named Clinton or Trump.

Perhaps we should be encouraging our electors to become faithless.

Richard L. Hill

Penn Valley

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