US Electoral College Meetings 2016

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U.S. Electoral College

The United States Electoral College is a mechanism established by Article Two of the United States Constitution in the indirect United States presidential election system to select the President of the United States and Vice President of the United StatesCitizens of the United States vote in each state at a general election to choose a slate of “electors” pledged to vote for a party’s candidate.

The Twelfth Amendment requires each elector to cast one vote for president and another vote for vice president. In each state and the District of Columbia, electors are chosen every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and then meet to cast ballots on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December. The candidates who receive an absolute majority of electoral votes among the states are elected President and Vice President of the United States when the Electoral College vote is certified by Congress in January.

There are currently a total of 538 electors, corresponding to the 435 Representatives, the 100 Senators, plus three electors for the District of Columbia as provided for in the Twenty-third Amendment. Each state chooses electors amounting to the combined total of its Senators and Representatives.[7] The Constitution bars any federal official, elected or appointed, from being an elector. The Office of the Federal Register is charged with administering the Electoral College.[8] In most elections, the Electoral College has elected the candidate who received the most popular votes nationwide, except in four elections, 182418761888, and 2000.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_(United_States)

 

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US Electoral College Meetings

November 8, 2016—Election Day

Registered voters cast their votes for President and Vice President. By doing so, they also help choose the electors who will represent their state in the Electoral College.

Mid-November through December 19, 2016

After the presidential election, the governor of your state prepares seven Certificates of Ascertainment. “As soon as practicable,” after the election results in your state are certified, the governor sends one of the Certificates of Ascertainment to the Archivist.

Certificates of Ascertainment should be sent to the Archivist no later than the meeting of the electors in December. However, federal law sets no penalty for missing the deadline.

The remaining six Certificates of Ascertainment are held for use at the meeting of the Electors in December.

December 13, 2016

States must make final decisions in any controversies over the appointment of their electors at least six days before the meeting of the Electors. This is so their electoral votes will be presumed valid when presented to Congress.

Decisions by states’ courts are conclusive, if decided under laws enacted before Election Day.

December 19, 2016

The Electors meet in their state and vote for President and Vice President on separate ballots. The electors record their votes on six “Certificates of Vote,” which are paired with the six remaining Certificates of Ascertainment.

The electors sign, seal, and certify six sets of electoral votes. A set of electoral votes consists of one Certificate of Ascertainment and one Certificate of Vote. These are distributed immediately as follows:

  • one set to the President of the Senate (the Vice President) for the official count of the electoral votes in January;
  • two packages to the Secretary of State in the state where the electors met—one is an archival set that becomes part of the public record of the Secretary of State’s office and the other is a reserve set that is subject to the call of the President of the Senate to replace missing or incomplete electoral votes;
  • two packages to the Archivist—one is an archival set that becomes part of the permanent collection at the National Archives and Records Administration and the other is a reserve set that is subject to the call of the President of the Senate to replace missing or incomplete electoral votes; and
  • one set to the presiding judge in the district where the Electors met—this is also a reserve set that is subject to the call of the President of the Senate to replace missing or incomplete electoral votes.

December 28, 2016

Electoral votes (the Certificates of Vote) must be received by the President of the Senate and the Archivist no later than nine days after the meeting of the electors. States face no legal penalty for failure to comply.

If votes are lost or delayed, the Archivist may take extraordinary measures to retrieve duplicate originals.

On or Before January 3, 2017

The Archivist and/or representatives from the Office of the Federal Register meet with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House in late December or early January. This is, in part, a ceremonial occasion. Informal meetings may take place earlier.

January 6, 2017

The Congress meets in joint session to count the electoral votes. Congress may pass a law to change this date.

The Vice President, as President of the Senate, presides over the count and announces the results of the Electoral College vote. The President of the Senate then declares which persons, if any, have been elected President and Vice President of the United States.

If a State submits conflicting sets of electoral votes to Congress, the two Houses acting concurrently may accept or reject the votes. If they do not concur, the votes of the electors certified by the Governor of the State on the Certificate of Ascertainment would be counted in Congress.

If no Presidential candidate wins 270 or more electoral votes, a majority, the 12th Amendment to the Constitution provides for the House of Representatives to decide the Presidential election. If necessary the House would elect the President by majority vote, choosing from the three candidates who received the greatest number of electoral votes. The vote would be taken by state, with each state having one vote.

If no Vice Presidential candidate wins 270 or more electoral votes, a majority, the 12th Amendment provides for the Senate to elect the Vice President. If necessary, the Senate would elect the Vice President by majority vote, choosing from the two candidates who received the greatest number of electoral votes. The vote would be taken by state, with each Senator having one vote.

If any objections to the Electoral College vote are made, they must be submitted in writing and be signed by at least one member of the House and one Senator. If objections are presented, the House and Senate withdraw to their respective chambers to consider their merits under procedures set out in federal law.

January 20, 2017 at Noon—Inauguration Day

The President-elect takes the Oath of Office and becomes the President of the United States.

For more: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/key-dates.html

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Lessig: 20 Trump electors could flip

Larry Lessig, a Harvard University constitutional law professor who made a brief run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, claimed Tuesday that 20 Republican members of the Electoral College are considering voting against Donald Trump, a figure that would put anti-Trump activists more than halfway toward stalling Trump’s election.

Lessig’s anti-Trump group, “Electors Trust,” has been offering pro bono legal counsel to Republican presidential electors considering ditching Trump and has been acting as a clearinghouse for electors to privately communicate their intentions.

“Obviously, whether an elector ultimately votes his or her conscience will depend in part upon whether there are enough doing the same. We now believe there are more than half the number needed to change the result seriously considering making that vote,” Lessig said.

For more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/12/donald-trump-electors-lessig-232598

Nov 8, 2016 US Presidential General Election Tally
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Monday, December 19, 2016
538 members of the Electoral College (306 Republicans & 232 Democrats)

gather at their state capitals to cast the official vote for the next US President

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23 thoughts on “US Electoral College Meetings 2016

  1. WH

    Monday, December 19, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing in Hawai’i

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  2. U.S. Electoral College

    The United States Electoral College is a mechanism established by Article Two of the United States Constitution in the indirect United States presidential election system to select the President of the United States and Vice President of the United States. Citizens of the United States vote in each state at a general election to choose a slate of “electors” pledged to vote for a party’s candidate.

    The Twelfth Amendment requires each elector to cast one vote for president and another vote for vice president. In each state and the District of Columbia, electors are chosen every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and then meet to cast ballots on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December. The candidates who receive an absolute majority of electoral votes among the states are elected President and Vice President of the United States when the Electoral College vote is certified by Congress in January.

    There are currently a total of 538 electors, corresponding to the 435 Representatives, the 100 Senators, plus three electors for the District of Columbia as provided for in the Twenty-third Amendment. Each state chooses electors amounting to the combined total of its Senators and Representatives.[7] The Constitution bars any federal official, elected or appointed, from being an elector. The Office of the Federal Register is charged with administering the Electoral College.[8] In most elections, the Electoral College has elected the candidate who received the most popular votes nationwide, except in four elections, 1824, 1876, 1888, and 2000.

    For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_(United_States)

  3. Five things Obama wants to do before leaving office

    12/18/16 07:30 AM EST BY JORDAN FABIAN – TheHill

    The political world is squarely focused on President-elect Donald Trump’s every decision, but President Obama is poised to make some attention-worthy moves in the final weeks of his presidency.

    Largely free of political considerations, final-year presidents typically have done some surprising things in the twilight of their administrations.

    Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush raised eyebrows with controversial eleventh-hour pardons, and Jimmy Carter rushed to complete hostage negotiations with Iran.

    The top items on Obama’s wish list are all but off the table, such as a last-minute effort to force a vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland and completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
    But here are five other things Obama will try to accomplish before he leaves office on Jan. 20:

    * Russian hacking response
    * Commutations and pardons
    * “Midnight” regulations
    * Close Guantánamo Bay
    * End Guantánamo Bay

    For the entire article: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/310735-five-things-obama-wants-to-do-before-leaving-office

  4. December 16, 2016

    Statement by the President on Signing the Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act

    Today I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 6452, the “Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act,” which implements the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fisheries Resources in the North Pacific Ocean, the Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean, and the amendments to the Convention on Future Multilateral Cooperation in the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries. I recommended that the Senate give its advice and consent to the ratification of all of these treaties because they will help promote sound fishery management; enable us to better combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing; and prevent destructive fishing practices and contribute to the long-term conservation and sustainable use of fisheries resources on the high seas. I appreciate the efforts of the Congress to ensure that the United States can contribute to these international efforts.

    The bill provides that the United States will be represented on the North Pacific Fisheries Commission by five commissioners — two appointed by the President, and the three chairpersons of the North Pacific, Pacific, and Western Pacific Fishery Management Councils, who are selected by the members of those Councils. Because the commissioners have the authority to speak on behalf of the United States before an international body, they are diplomatic officers. The Constitution grants the President the exclusive authority to represent and to decide who else will represent the United States in foreign relations. Allowing the regional fishery management chairpersons to represent the United States on the North Pacific Fisheries Commission would raise constitutional concerns.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/16/statement-president-signing-ensuring-access-pacific-fisheries-act

    • Transcript And Video: NPR’s Exit Interview With President Obama

      December 19, 20165:00 AM ET Steve Inskeep – npr

      In a wide-ranging exit interview, NPR’s Steve Inskeep asks President Obama about Russian interference in the U.S. election, executive power, the future of the Democratic party and his future role.

      Steve Inskeep: Thanks for joining us one more time; I really appreciate it.

      President Obama: Great to be with you, Steve.

      Over my shoulder here is Theodore Roosevelt. In 1884, Theodore Roosevelt was frustrated about an election and wrote a letter saying the voice of the people might be the voice of God 51 times out of 100, but the other 49, it may be the voice of a devil or of a fool. Which do you think it was this time in 2016?

      Well, it’s hard to assess because we know for example that Hillary won the popular vote by a sizable margin. We know that there are a substantial number of voters out there who not only voted for me twice but currently support me who also voted for Donald Trump.

      So I think we have a scrambled political landscape right now. There are some things that we know are a challenge for Democrats — structural problems. For example, population distribution, oftentimes younger voters, minority voters, Democratic voters, are clustered in urban areas.

      For more: http://www.npr.org/2016/12/19/504998487/transcript-and-video-nprs-exit-interview-with-president-obama?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=2047

  5. WH

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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  6. Michelle Obama talks standing in her truth in farewell interview with Oprah

    10:29 p.m. EST December 19, 2016 Jaleesa M. Jones , USA TODAY

    There are certain words that have been used to describe Michelle Obama: Open. Authentic. Unapologetic.

    It’s that last one that Oprah Winfrey zeroes in on during CBS’ hour-long broadcast, First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House: An Oprah Winfrey Special, Monday. “What allowed you to stand in your own truth and find your way?” she asks.

    “Being a grown-up,” Obama replies.

    “Let us not forget: I didn’t just wake up first lady,” she adds before firing off her credentials. “I mean, I went to law school, I practiced law, I worked for the city, I ran a nonprofit (and) I was an executive at a hospital. I’ve been in the world. I’ve worked in every sector, and you don’t do that without coming up against some stuff. You know, having your feelings hurt, having people say things about you that aren’t true. … Life hits you, so over the course of living, you learn how to protect yourself in it. You learn to take in what you need and get rid of the stuff that’s clearly not true.”

    But that’s not to say that being reduced to a cheap trope — the “angry black woman” — didn’t faze her.

    “That was one of those things that you just sort of think, ‘Dag, you don’t even know me,’ you know?” Obama said. “And then I thought, ‘OK, well, let me live my life out loud so that people can then see and then judge for themselves.”

    It was that indomitable approach that made President Obama, who briefly slid into the interview room, respect FLOTUS even more.

    For more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2016/12/19/first-lady-michelle-obama-oprah-winfrey-cbs-special/95639120/

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