Amid reports that Russian hackers attempted to sway the 2016 presidential election, many have called for the Electoral College to delay the Dec. 19 vote that would certify Donald Trump’s win! As this political drama unfolds, get to know all about the Electoral College and what it does.
1. You can’t tour the Electoral College.
The Elector College isn’t an actual building, but a process, according to the National Archives official site. The Electoral College consists of 538 electors and the number of electors each state has is equal to its number of members of congress – representatives and senators. On “the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the presidential election,” the electors gather in their state to vote for president.
Normally, it’s a mere formality, and Donald Trump, 70, would be officially declared the winner. However, with intelligence agencies claiming that Russian hackers allegedly connected with Vladimir Putin’s, 64, government attempted to sway the election so that Hillary Clinton, 69, would lose, a majority of US Voters are in favor of delaying the vote until the extent of the hack is known, according to The Independent.
2. Its creation was a compromise.
During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the founding fathered argued over the method of picking the president. Some suggested having Congress pick the president, while others argued for a direct election (or popular vote, which would have handed Hillary the keys to the white house since she had more votes than Donald.)
3. Alexander Hamilton was a huge fan.
After the creation, Alexander Hamilton was a big supporter of the compromise. His words have created “the Hamilton Electors,” a group campaigning for their colleagues to not confirm Trump’s victory. “The office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications,” Hamilton once said, a phrase many have taken as a decree to dump Trump.
4. It’s possible for electors to change the election — but don’t hold your breath.
Since Donald won 306 electoral votes (to Hillary’s 232) he would need 38 of his voters to go “faithless” and vote for her to lose the presidency. That’s not likely to happen. The last time anyone went “faithless” was in 1972, when a Republican elector cast a ballot for a Libertarian candidate instead.
5. The election is still not over after this vote.
On Jan. 6, Congress has to officially count the electoral votes. Vice President Joe Biden will preside over the count. Lawmakers can technically object (so long as they have objections written by at least one House and one Senate member) to individual or an entire state’s electoral votes. If both houses of Congress vote, they can toss out an electoral vote. That is also not likely to happen. Congress hasn’t sustained an objection in modern times, per The New York Times.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should the U.S. keep the Electoral College? Or do you prefer the idea of a popular vote?