At Least 49 Trump Electors Are Ineligible. Do We Laugh Or Cry?

Unfuckingbelievable (boldface mine):

More than 50 Electoral College members who voted for Donald Trump were ineligible to serve as presidential electors because they did not live in the congressional districts they represented or held elective office in states legally barring dual officeholders.

That stunning finding is among the conclusions of an extensive 1,000-plus page legal briefing prepared by a bipartisan nationwide legal team for members of Congress who are being urged to object to certifying the 2016 Electoral College results on Friday….

“Republicans like to talk all the time about people voting illegally,” Clayton continued. “We have a list of a bunch of Republicans that allegedly voted illegally in the Electoral College. Pam Bondi is the attorney general of the state of Florida and the Florida Constitution says that you cannot hold two offices. And she holds the office of Attorney General and she holds the office of federal elector in the Electoral College. That is a violation of the law. That is a violation of the Constitution. And the vote that she cast in this election is illegal.”

A joint congressional session is scheduled to ratify the 2016 Electoral College vote this Friday. While there have been calls to challenge that certification—including one women-led effort saying Trump’s victory is due to voter suppression targeting people of color—the analysis that scores of Trump electors were illegally seated, and the additional finding that most states won by Trump improperly filed their Electoral College “Certificates of Vote” with Congress, is unprecedented…

“Specifically, at least 16 electors lived outside the congressional districts they represented in violation of state statutory residency requirements, and at least 34 electors held dual offices, in direct violation of statutes prohibiting dual-office holding,” the briefing’s executive summary says, noting this violates two sections of the U.S. Constitution.

If Trump falls below 50% of 540 (270) electors, the House of Representatives must elect the president from the top three electoral college vote recipients: Trump, Clinton, and Colin Powell.

What’s ridiculous is that many thousands of Democrats were effectively disenfranchised due to tighter voting restrictions designed to reduce non-existent voting fraud. If we can dienfranchise a ninety year-old because she doesn’t have a driver’s license anymore, surely the Republican candidate–along with 31 states–can not fuck up voting procedures.

Call your representative, and politely ask them not to ratify the Electoral College results–it won’t stop Trump, but at least Congress will own his election as well. As importantly, it will make Republicans look even more ridiculous when they claim voter fraud.

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9 Responses to At Least 49 Trump Electors Are Ineligible. Do We Laugh Or Cry?

  1. Rich says:

    But they won’t look ridiculous to their base. That’s all that matters.

  2. Felicis says:

    As far as I can tell – this article is wrong.

    The US constitution gives no requirement for electors other than they are chosen by the states.

    Being an elector is not an office – so a prohibition on ‘holding two offices’ really has no effect (and – this is common practice, complaining about it _now_ is not a realistic argument, it’s special pleading.

    The 16 that lived outside of the district they represented *might* be invalidated, but that won’t be enough to stop Trump.

  3. Felicis says:

    Oh – and regardless – let’s throw it to the House so *they* can elect Trump – this isn’t going to make a difference in the end.

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  5. Net Denizen says:

    At this point any and all stories about trump’s legitimacy are moot, with the exception of the Russian hacking story which will probably any day now turn out to be wrong too.

  6. preaction says:

    So, what you’re saying is that this year’s electorate had a 10% rate of voter fraud!

  7. Prof.Pedant says:

    Section 1, Clause 2, U.S. Constitution: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof 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.”

  8. Please, oh please, oh please can Colin Powell be made President? He wouldn’t be my first choice, but House Republicans will never vote for Clinton, so…

    Also, Powell’s not a young man. The Senate votes between Kaine and Pence for VP, so please, oh please let them choose Kaine.

    I know it won’t happen, but a man can dream.

  9. Ann Warner says:

    How did federal electors get certified in the first place? Officials at the State level should have done their homework and checked the background of people wanting to be electors and if they were already holding an office these officials should have disqualified them at that point. How is this Trump’s fault?

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