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  •  Exactly, if a state wants to declare it's electors (1+ / 0-)
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    automatically go to the Republican candidate for 2016 then they can and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

    You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:17:35 PM PST

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    •  That is, in fact, true (1+ / 0-)
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      As long as the state itself maintains a republican (small r) form of government and the state legislature is duly elected by the people, it absolutely has the power to do that. And people in that state have the power to respond by the ballot box to remove the legislators in question.

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      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:38:07 PM PST

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      •  Or how about declaring that not only will the (1+ / 0-)
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        state's electoral votes go for the Republican candidate but that it is permanent and may not be changed in the future (and that any state resident has standing to challenge any attempt to change it in the future)?

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:39:31 PM PST

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        •  How would that happen exactly (0+ / 0-)

          The state is selecting electors, specific human beings who are part of the electoral college. Additionally, per the Constitution, Congress has the power to establish the time of choosing of the electors. In your example, a state would be attempting to choose the electors at a time not of Congress's choosing (illegal).

          So a state could not today declare that the 2016 electors will be particular people, but it could pass a law stating that there would be no statewide election and that the 2016 state legislature would be responsible for choosing the electors.

          (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
          Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

          by Sparhawk on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 04:23:56 AM PST

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          •  Simply declare that say, Rush Limbaugh or someone (0+ / 0-)

            like that gets to decide the electors and that procedure can never be changed as long as he is still alive and physically able to do so.  Though I have no idea whether the whole "and it can't be changed by a future legislature" part would hold up in court.

            You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

            by Throw The Bums Out on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 12:50:32 PM PST

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