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  1. “As of this posting, it looks like Biden may win with literally the minimum 270 required electoral votes.”

    Yes, but that means 270 electoral votes for Trump, too. If that happens, it’s a TIE. The election is then thrown (literally thrown! And I don’t mean “underhand”!) (“crash! bang! thud!”) to the House, which picks the President. And the Senate picks the Vice President.

    So sayeth the US Constitution.

    “The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; A quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice President.”
    [end of quote]

    And the Democrats had better be unanimous in THEIR choice, because if they are sufficiently unbalanced, the Republicans could vote for the Democrats’ SECOND choice, possibly throwing the win to the person who wasn’t the Democrats’ FIRST choice!

  2. I later realized that. But where do those extra 3 votes come from? I suspect they are unconstitutionally counting some territories.
    ‘They’ will presumably say, “that’s okay, because they agreed…somehow”. I doubt that it is okay.

  3. Yes, I just found the 23rd amendment. I have no problem with the idea of giving that population an elector based on their population, but it looks like the 23rd pretends that DC is a full state, for the purposes of electors: 3 electors.

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