The Ohio EC Ballot

As tweeted by Secretary of State, John Husted:


It shouldn’t be too hard to see how this decreases the chances of faithless electors. And I am not being snarky or critical: the ballot structure reflects the prevailing rules and norms. Ohio is a state whose laws bind the vote of the electors.

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  1. JKB says:

    Well, it appears that the state of Ohio has taken steps to ensure that those selected based upon their pledge to vote for a particular candidate as a member of the Electoral College cannot usurp the will of the people of Ohio as determined through democratic voting.

    How terrible? Being held to ones word and following the will of the voters.

  2. Heisenberg says:

    @JKB: Those pledges are unconstitutional and that ballot is unconstitutional. The Constitution says the electors can select who they like but state governments ignore the law of the land.

  3. Stormy Dragon says:

    Democratic electors in Minnesota and Maine try to vote for Bernie Sanders

    A second elector — this one in Minnesota — has refused to cast a vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton in Monday’s electoral college tally.

    It wasn’t immediately clear why Muhammad Abdurrahman didn’t vote for Clinton, but he was a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention.

    The electors are pledged to cast Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes for Clinton since she won the state.

    Abdurrahman was immediately replaced by an alternate who later voted for Clinton.

  4. @JKB:

    How terrible? Being held to ones word and following the will of the voters.

    Did you happen to read the post before commenting? (It is a short one).

  5. Franklin says: