Electoral College

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The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously upheld laws across the country that remove or punish rogue Electoral College delegates who refuse to cast their votes for the presidential candidate they were pledged to support.

The decision Monday was a loss for "faithless electors," who argued that under the Constitution they have discretion to decide which candidate to support.

For the time being, an Ohio group has pulled out of a ballot issue this year to have the state join a nationwide movement to bypass the Electoral College and elect the president by popular vote.

The Electoral College

Apr 11, 2019

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has proposed abolishing the electoral college after Donald Trump won the electoral vote but fell short some 3 million ballots in the popular vote.

The electoral college is set forth in the U.S. Constitution as the process by which each state is allotted a number of electors equal to its congressional delegation plus two. How state uses those votes depends. 

Another group wants Ohio voters to approve a plan that would dedicate its electoral votes to whichever candidate wins the popular vote.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, the history of the electoral college and how it works today.

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The Ohio Ballot Board has canceled a meeting Wednesday after organizers withdrew a proposed constitutional amendment to give the state's electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, Mike Thompson and guest host Ann Fisher discuss a proposed constitutional amendment before requiring that Ohio’s presidential electoral votes go to the winner of the national popular vote.

Ned Foley, an Ohio State law professor and elections expert, joins the show.

The early voting center at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus.
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A group is working to put a constitutional amendment before Ohio voters requiring the state’s presidential electoral votes go to the winner of the national popular vote.

voting booths
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A group has filed paperwork in Ohio for an ballot issue to get rid of the Electoral College and award the presidency to the candidate who actually gets the most votes.

Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States.

That's been the case since Nov. 8, when Trump won 306 electoral votes, despite losing the national popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million.

And on Monday, the result was ratified by Electoral College voters, who gathered in state capitols across the United States to formally vote for president.

Ohio Electors Deliver 18 Votes For Donald Trump

Dec 19, 2016
Andy Chow

Ohio's 18 Electoral College members have voted to support Republican Donald Trump.

Alex Triantafilou, the chair of the Hamilton County GOP and an elector, posted this picture of the letters he received.
Alex Triantafilou

The Electoral College is set to cast votes for president of the United States on Monday. Ohio’s 18 presidential electors will gather in Columbus at the Statehouse. Some have received a deluge of messages trying to change their votes.

One of Ohio’s 18 electors who will cast their votes for Donald Trump today is the target of a lawsuit announced over the weekend. But the situation described in the lawsuit is not new in Ohio.

Every four years, the Electoral College creeps back into the lives of American voters. In some presidential elections, the strange, indirect system used to select the next U.S. president can feel like a formality that doesn't seem to matter much.

In other elections, it matters very much indeed. This is one of those years.

Voters line up at the early voting center in Delaware County.

Republican President-Elect Donald Trump won more than the 270 electoral votes needed to put him in the White House. But backers of Democrat Hillary Clinton are questioning whether the Electoral College should change given that she won the popular vote.