Never Went To College
They're still counting the votes in the Presidential election. Hillary Clinton is now ahead by over 2 million votes (so she has a plurality but not a majority). I still don't get where all these votes are coming from and why they're taking so long to count.
It's unlikely new votes will overturn any single state. Of the states Trump won, the closest is Michigan, and he's still ahead by 12,000 votes there. Though if there are a bunch of outstanding votes from Detroit, who knows? He'd still have a reasonable lead in the Electoral College even if he lost Michigan.
are planning to not vote for the candidate their state chose. (The linked article, if I read it correctly, implies these are Trump electors, but wouldn't it make more sense that these people are Democrats?--is the reporter a Hillary fan who's messing with us?) If the Electoral College vote were closer, faithless Electors would be a mind-bogglingly huge deal.
One Elector says:
The Founding Fathers created the Electoral College as the last line of defense, and I think we must do all that we can ensure that we have a Reasonable Republican* candidate who shares our American values.
I'm not entirely sure why the Founders created the Electoral College, though I'm guessing the reasons weren't that strongly related to the system as we have it today.
Many are saying this election will make people look at changing how we elect Presidents. Perhaps, but scrapping the Electoral College would require constitutional reform, and I can't imagine small states would agree to give up the extra power this system confers upon them.
Actually, I'm wondering if there'll be a counter-reform movement. Just who are all these Electors who think they can ignore the will of the people? States can set their own rules, so maybe they'll make a serious fine for Electors who don't vote as the people direct them--say, a million dollars, that they must pay and no one else? Or real jail time--how about a year in the big house?
The only reform I want is a system where votes are counted faster. I don't like the idea of boxes of uncounted votes lying around in a close election. If they're not all counted within 24 hours, toss 'em. Or how about this? Any vote not counted the night of the election becomes less and less potent each day. After 24 hours, it's counted as half a vote, then a third of a vote, then a quarter vote, and so on. That'll light a fire under the vote counters.
*"Reasonable" is capitalized in the article. I don't know if the Elector told the reporter to do this, or if "Reasonable Republican" is some sort of trademarked thing.