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Going Straight To Hell In A Solid Gold Trump Handbasket

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, November 10, 2016

November 10, 2016
Day 2: Still in a state of shock

Donald Trump appears to have won the 2016 General Election.

Hillary Clinton has conceded.

However, Hillary Clinton won the Popular Vote. In the history of the United States, this is only the 5th time that’s ever occurred. The other times are:
1.) 1824: John Quincy Adams v Andrew Jackson – The Congress met according to the terms of the 12th Amendment to vote for a winner.
2.) 1876: Rutherford B. Hayes v Samuel J. Tilden – The “Compromise of 1877” awarded 20 disputed Electoral College votes to Hayes.
3.) 1888: Benjamin Harrison v Grover Cleveland – New York City’s Tammany Hall Democratic political machine helped deny native son Grover Cleveland the win.
4.) 2000: George W. Bush v Al Gore – Slim margins in some Florida counties automatically required mandatory recount. The punch card voting system’s infamous “hanging chads” were contentious, and counties had significantly differing standards of counting. Gore exercised his statutory right to request a manual recount in Volusia, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. Bush petitioned in  Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board, 531 U.S. 70 – to order the recounts stopped. The Florida State Supreme Court decision had effectively changed the elector appointment procedures after Election Day, and the case asked whether the court’s decision changed the manner in which the State’s electors were to be selected. Time was also quickly expiring on certification of the results, in accordance with Federal Law. Essentially, the Supreme Court Of The United States sought clarification from the Florida State Supreme Court. Following those clarifications, the SCOTUS ruled in Bush’s favor in 531 U.S. 98 https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/531/98/
5.) 2016: Donald J. Trump v Hillary Clinton –

Clinton had 60,274,974 Popular Votes, while Trump had 59,937,338 Popular Votes. That’s a difference of 337,636. At press time, Michigan was the only state without Official Vote Results, and though it’s close – almost evenly split – it’s widely expected to tilt toward Trump.

There were more “swing states” this year – 11 states in which the vote outcome was unclear, or uncertain with 146 Electoral College Votes – and included: Colorado-9, Florida-29, Iowa-6, Michigan-16, New Hampshire-4, Nevada-6, North Carolina-15, Ohio-18, Pennsylvania-20, Virginia-13, and Wisconsin-10.

In the Electoral College, Donald Trump has 290 Electoral College votes. Hillary Clinton has 228 Electoral College votes.

President Obama met Donald Trump at the White House today for an initial meeting to begin administrative transition.

Donald Trump is not yet President, nor is he technically President-elect. It does seem, however, that he has it in the basket.

Here’s how.

On December 19th, electors in the Electoral College will meet in their respective states’ capitols to cast ballots for President and Vice President on six “Certificates of Vote,” which are paired with the six Certificates of Ascertainment. The electors will sign, seal, and certify six sets of electoral votes.

Ballots will not be counted until January.

The sets of completed ballots will be distributed as follows:
1.) One to the President of the Senate – who is Vice President Joe Biden – for an Official Count.
2.) Two sets will be delivered to the Secretaries of State for each state – including the District of Columbia – where ballots were cast.
3.) Two sets will be delivered to the Archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration  – one for the NARA, and one for the President of the Senate if needed to replace missing or incomplete Electoral Votes.
4.) One set will be delivered to the Presiding Judge in the district where the Electors met in their respective states to cast their ballots – which is also a Reserve Set subject to the call of the President of the Senate to replace missing or Electoral Votes.

On January 6, 2016, Congress will meet in Joint Session (the House of Representatives, and the Senate) to count the Electoral Votes. The date is subject to change by Congressional Act.

The Vice President, as President of the Senate, will preside over the count and announce the results of the Electoral College vote, and will declare 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 (Federal and State) 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 a majority – presently defined as 270 or more electoral votes – the 12th Amendment to the Constitution provides for the House of Representatives to decide the Presidential election. If necessary the House of Representatives 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.

Sometimes, electors do not vote for the candidate of their party, or for the candidate for whom they pledged. That’s happened only rarely, and it has never affected the outcome of the Electoral College Vote.

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