The American Presidency

It ain’t over till it’s over. Yogi Berra

Yogi’s observation remembered in this bizarre Presidential election year is worth taking note of.

electoral-collegeTrump won the necessary Electoral College majority of 270 votes after midnight on November 8th. The current tally is Trump 290, Clinton (who conceded) 228. 20 votes have still not found a home.

In the popular vote count, this morning Clinton had the majority with 60,467,245 (50.16%). Trump received 60,071,650 (49.84%). The difference of 395,595 votes represents 0.328% of the total.

The Electoral College is a process, not a place. The founding fathers established it in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the President by a vote in Congress and election of the President by a popular vote of qualified citizens.

The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member of the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators. Read more about the allocation of electoral votes.

Here is a description of the Electoral College, its Constitutional imperative and what they are bound to do and not bound to do.

The Electoral College casts its votes on December 19th.

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