Electoral College Rejects Trump AND Clinton — Selects John Kasich for President
Nah. But that nightmare scenario — and some that are even sicker and scarier — could actually happen.
If the Electoral College rejects Trump:
“The election goes to Congress. They can only choose from the top three in the electoral race, so who the electors vote for matters a great deal. If Kasich or Pence is in the top three it could take several ballots to determine a winner.”
With all the fear and dread over what the Electoral College might or might not do, why don't we get rid of this albatross once and for all, and just go with the popular vote? Almost six weeks after the most polarizing contentious emotionally-draining election in decades, we're still freaking ourselves out with all these bizarre “Oh My God, what if ______” speculations.
If we went only by the popular vote, White House candidates would have to suck up to everybody, not just swing state voters. Under our current system, residents of a few large Battleground states get slathered with all the attention. If you live in a small state and/or a state that's solidly red or blue, your vote is taken for granted.
Supposedly, tens of millions of newly registered Hispanic voters were going to guarantee the White House for the Democrats this year. Trouble is, most of these newly registered voters were in California (blue no matter what), Texas and Arizona (both red come hell or high water).
Best of all: If we didn't have the Electoral College, Republican strategists at the state level would no longer have any incentive to tilt the allocation of Electoral votes into a Heads the Republican wins, Tails the Democrat loses fiasco.
So far eleven states (including Washington) have signed the National Popular Vote compact to switch to a popular vote. This would have to be signed by enough states to add up to a majority of electoral votes, in order for this law to take effect. Think the public will go for it?
For whatever it's worth, an online poll (admittedly un-scientific) in our local newspaper shows a majority being in favor of switching to the popular vote:
Total Votes: 600