Tuesday, November 11, 2008

President-Elect Not Quite Yet

The popular vote is in, except for maybe a few precincts in GA and the backseats of some poll workers in MN, and it seems as if there is a decisive winner in the Presidential race.

Except for one little thing. The Constitution.

You see we had a very smart group of founders. They saw to it that the only branch of the Federal Republic that was to be a One-Man-Show, the Executive branch, would be protected from any single group forcing their way in. In doing that they gave us what has come to be called The Electoral College.

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.

The Congress may determine the Time of choosing the Electors, and the Day on which they shall give their Votes; which Day shall be the same throughout the United States.

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President,...and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, ...and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;

The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed.

The day the Electors meet to cast their ballots is December 15th. The Electors will meet in their respective State Capitols. In The District of Columbia they will meet within the District.

On January 8th Congress shall assemble in joint session to count the Electors' votes and declare the winners of the election. The meeting is held at 1:00 p.m. in the Chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives.

So, until that day and time, we do not as yet have a President-Elect.

Slow down.

Wait for it.

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