Can the members of electoral college vote for whoever they want? In other words, can they overturn the election results?

Can Trump still become a President??? 

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  • 2 months ago

    Technically, yes, they can, but they don't.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Id much prefer Pres. Bernie.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Most electors are legally required to vote for the candidate they represent.  But even if they weren't Trump wouldn't have a chance.  Biden has 306 electoral votes.  Since you need at least 270 electoral votes to win, Trump would need 37 Joe Biden electors to be unfaithful and vote for him.  That's never going to happen.  The electors aren't pre-existing positions.  It's not like members of Congress or something.  Instead, each candidate for President submits a slate of electors for that state.  When you vote for Joe Biden or Donald Trump you're actually voting for the slate of electors which that candidate selected.  Electors are party loyalists.  They're usually party officials, politicians, etc.  For example, in my state of New York, the electors include, among others, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Governor Cuomo, our Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, and Attorney General.  Even when the list isn't that star studded, it's people who are loyalists and believe in the party and the candidate.  You'd have a hard time getting one Democratic elector to not vote for Biden, let alone the 37 you'd need to make a difference.  And they'd not just have to not vote for Biden, they'd all have to vote for Trump.  In 2016, seven electors were "faithless" and didn't vote for their candidate (2 Trump electors and 5 Clinton electors).  But none of them "crossed the aisle" and voted for the other party's candidate. 

  • 2 months ago

    The Answer is YES !

    The E.C. Voters are people who the (Previous Winners) DEMs & REPs picked to the E.C. Members, and there is no Law that binds them to Vote per the Popular Vote!

    Also in many States they have a Winner Take All rule , so if "D" guy gets 41% and "R" gets 38% and an "I" gets 19% the "D" will get all the E.C. Votes.

    Note these %'s were the Pop Vote for B. Clinton, G.H.Bush and R.Perrot .

    So Clinton did not even have 51% of the Vote to win.

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  • Tmess2
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    It depends on the state.

    In all states, the electors were chosen by the state parties and ran on a ticket pledged to a particular candidate.  The state parties do not randomly select the slate of electors, and most of these people are extremely dedicated to their party.  

    In about one-third of the states, the pledge is non-binding.  So an elector is technically free to vote for whomever they want.

    In about one-third of the states, the pledge is binding, but there is no enforcement provision.  So there is nothing preventing the elector from voting for whomever they want.

    The last third of the states do have penalty provision.  In some, the penalty is just a fine.  In the remainder, an elector who attempts to vote for another candidate forfeits their office and is replaced by a new elector.  

    Putting aside some weird circumstances over the years like dead candidates, almost all electors have voted as pledged.  In 2016, we had a record for electors breaking their pledges when faced with a live candidate.  In that election, a grand total of seven violated their pledge (and another three attempted to do so but represented a state that had a replacement provision).  In all cases, the elector voted for some third person rather than the candidate of the other major party.  And the number of "faithless" electors has never been enough to change the winner of the election.

    So, in theory, some electors pledged to Biden could vote for Trump.  What is more likely is that some Trump electors will vote for somebody like Ron Paul or Mitt Romney.  Even if some Biden electors voted for somebody like Bernie Sanders or Joe Manchin, it is unlikely that the number would exceed the thirty-six elector cushion that Joe Biden has.  

    Even if somehow enough Biden electors defected to throw the election to the House, I am doubtful that the Republicans would actually vote to give Trump another term.

    So Trump can theoretically still become President.  And I theoretically could be picked to go to the International Space Station.  Neither is going to happen.  

  • 2 months ago

    Wow. Even Hillary had come out of the woods by this time. Snap out of it already. He lost. BIGLY.

  • Mike L
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    That'd be the biggest load of crap ever since Hillary should have been president if that was the case. 

  • ?
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not likely......

  • 2 months ago

    in general, no.  most electors are pledged under their states' laws to vote as state law dictates.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    About as much chance of that happening as monkey's flying out of your butt 

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