Trump election: Any drama in Electoral College?

Do you expect any drama in Electoral College or do you think it will be a smooth process? Read few comments.

Andrew Rudalevige, Professor of Government, Bowdoin College

I would guess a handful of Trump electors will abstain, or vote for a third candidate. But this will be symbolic only. I don’t expect any kind of organized revolt or decision to follow the national popular vote. After all the electors themselves are chosen on the basis of their lack of individual initiative. They are party loyalists, and the vast majority will vote with their party, even though that is Trump.

Robert Busby, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Liverpool Hope University

The electoral college continues to be a bit of a headache for the American presidential election process. As Trump lost the popular vote, but won the electoral college vote convincingly then there should be little in the way of controversy in terms of his legitimacy for office. The system may not be perfect, but unlike 2000 the large divide in the electoral college between the candidates makes the outcome clearer. There will be members of the electoral college who may dissent and refuse to cast a ballot for the candidate chosen by their respective states – there almost always is – but this time the likelihood is that the media attention may focus on them to a greater degree because Trump’s candidacy was controversial and divisive. For all the demands for recounts and queries about the electoral college Trump will be inaugurated in January.

Christopher Larimer, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Northern Iowa

I don’t expect any drama from the Electoral College. Several states have laws against voting against the winner of the state. Also, at this point, voters seem to be coming back around on the Electoral College and any drama in the final voting would cause such an enormous problem in terms of electoral legitimacy that I would surprised if anything unusual happens.

Steffen SchmidtUniversity Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University

It is almost unthinkable for large numbers of electors to defy the voters in their state. If they vote the opposite of the outcome on election night in, say in Iowa, or in Texas, they are called “faithless electors.” That’s obviously a negative term.

There have always been a few electors who voted “their conscience” BUT, who has the right to say that the voters were wrong or are stupid and that Trump is not qualified to be president? That is a huge step in a representative, electoral democracy.

Matthew Eshbaugh-SohaAssistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of North Texas

I do not expect any drama with the Electoral College.

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