???Re: Electoral College Votes

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Okay, so IF the electoral college vote IS what counts, please tell me what the holdup is?

I watched CNN and saw 2 electoral college peeps who each said they were chosen by their party dem/rep and they WILL vote for their assigned party PERIOD.

IF this is the case, what is the holdup. Since the popular vote doesnt much matter anyhow.

Furthermore, since these folks are hand picked, what type of kickbacks are they receiving? One woman from here in Ohio stated she would be working for Bush AFTER he was elected.

That makes me go...hmmmmmmm.

Thanks for the responses.

-- (shh@aol.com), November 10, 2000


The holdup is that, according to Florida State Law, the recounts must be completed and certified, along with all of the absentee ballots, before Florida can officially designate one of the candidates as the winner. Unofficially, people can make projections based on what they know so far (and they usually do). The problem in this case, is that even the unofficial projections show Bush with only a 300+ vote lead, which can be either diminished or extended by hand recounts or absentee ballots that will continue to be counted as they come in until 11/17.

-- (hmm@hmm.hmm), November 10, 2000.

Not an expert in this area, but I think that the party that receives the highest popular vote gets to choose the electors and they usually choose people who are very active in that party's organization. It's not that unusual then, that an elector may also be someone who eventually ends up working for the administration that is elected.

-- ABC (a@b.c), November 10, 2000.

Like I said 'they are rewarded by positions, monetary, etc.'

Again, things that make you go hmmmmmm.

-- (shh@aol.com), November 10, 2000.


The candidate electors for each party are nominated by their party before the election.

In the election last Tuesday, everyone who voted in the presidential race was actually voting for a set of electors, even if they weren't named on the ballots (some states list them, some don't) but only their presidential pledges were shown.

>Furthermore, since these folks are hand picked, what type of kickbacks are they receiving?

Why should they get kickbacks? They're probably all party "faithfuls" who had already demonstrated their commitments.

-- No Spam Please (nos_pam_please@hotmail.com), November 10, 2000.

Thanks Spam for the clarification, I did get the impression these folks were very STRONG (puts it mildly) supporters.

I concede, but I still wonder :-(

-- (shh@aol.com), November 10, 2000.


>I did get the impression these folks were very STRONG (puts it mildly) supporters.

Of course! Why would Democrats, for example, nominate an elector who was known to be only mildly commited to Gore, but might vote for Nader if the mood struck him/her? It's only to each party's advantage to nominate "rabid" supporters of the party's presidential candidate.

-- No Spam Please (nos_pam_please@hotmail.com), November 10, 2000.

True, I'm not as dumb as I sound, but I'm telling you, I saw a woman on tv who said AFTER she cast her electoral vote, she was on her way to Washington to WORK for Bush.

Now, is that looking like a payoff or what?

Enquiring mind wanna know.

-- (shh@aol.com), November 10, 2000.

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