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Hypothetical question for those who are more educated in Political Science than myself.

 
Patrick Bateman
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Hypothetical question for those who are more educated in Political Science than myself.
First of all, in no way am I condoning this as a revolutionary idea or anything of the sort, I am just curious and asking about a hypothetical situation.

If a member of the electoral college dies, who replaces them? And how soon is this person promoted to the position?

Why I am wondering? What if a massive hit on all or most of the electors was carried out simultaneously in an attempt to sway an election one way or another despite popular vote. Would it be possible to know who the replacements would be and know ahead of time or buy their vote to basically make someone president who may not come anywhere near to winning the popular vote?

I would assume the election would be delayed and what not, but just out of curiosity, how do you all think this hypothetical situation would play out, and would it be possible for a no name candidate, or massive underdog, to win based on owning the replacement votes?
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Re: Hypothetical question for those who are more educated in Political Science than myself.
Could a military group or mercenary group basically get a Caesar into office, but legally via the electoral college?
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Re: Hypothetical question for those who are more educated in Political Science than myself.
First of all, in no way am I condoning this as a revolutionary idea or anything of the sort, I am just curious and asking about a hypothetical situation.

If a member of the electoral college dies, who replaces them? And how soon is this person promoted to the position?

Why I am wondering? What if a massive hit on all or most of the electors was carried out simultaneously in an attempt to sway an election one way or another despite popular vote. Would it be possible to know who the replacements would be and know ahead of time or buy their vote to basically make someone president who may not come anywhere near to winning the popular vote?

I would assume the election would be delayed and what not, but just out of curiosity, how do you all think this hypothetical situation would play out, and would it be possible for a no name candidate, or massive underdog, to win based on owning the replacement votes?
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Being an elector is only a ceremonial position in modern times. In the general election, every state but two (NE,ME), have a winner take all format. The electors are legally obligated to vote for the popular vote winner. So to answer your question. No. It isnt possible, under the modern electoral format.

B.S. Political Science University of Kentucky.
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Re: Hypothetical question for those who are more educated in Political Science than myself.
First of all, in no way am I condoning this as a revolutionary idea or anything of the sort, I am just curious and asking about a hypothetical situation.

If a member of the electoral college dies, who replaces them? And how soon is this person promoted to the position?

Why I am wondering? What if a massive hit on all or most of the electors was carried out simultaneously in an attempt to sway an election one way or another despite popular vote. Would it be possible to know who the replacements would be and know ahead of time or buy their vote to basically make someone president who may not come anywhere near to winning the popular vote?

I would assume the election would be delayed and what not, but just out of curiosity, how do you all think this hypothetical situation would play out, and would it be possible for a no name candidate, or massive underdog, to win based on owning the replacement votes?
 Quoting: Patrick Bateman


Being an elector is only a ceremonial position in modern times. In the general election, every state but two (NE,ME), have a winner take all format. The electors are legally obligated to vote for the popular vote winner. So to answer your question. No. It isnt possible, under the modern electoral format.

B.S. Political Science University of Kentucky.
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Ok, thanks for the reply! That is pretty much what I figured.
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Re: Hypothetical question for those who are more educated in Political Science than myself.
First of all, in no way am I condoning this as a revolutionary idea or anything of the sort, I am just curious and asking about a hypothetical situation.

If a member of the electoral college dies, who replaces them? And how soon is this person promoted to the position?

Why I am wondering? What if a massive hit on all or most of the electors was carried out simultaneously in an attempt to sway an election one way or another despite popular vote. Would it be possible to know who the replacements would be and know ahead of time or buy their vote to basically make someone president who may not come anywhere near to winning the popular vote?

I would assume the election would be delayed and what not, but just out of curiosity, how do you all think this hypothetical situation would play out, and would it be possible for a no name candidate, or massive underdog, to win based on owning the replacement votes?
 Quoting: Patrick Bateman


Being an elector is only a ceremonial position in modern times. In the general election, every state but two (NE,ME), have a winner take all format. The electors are legally obligated to vote for the popular vote winner. So to answer your question. No. It isnt possible, under the modern electoral format.

B.S. Political Science University of Kentucky.
 Quoting: Frangas non Flectes


Ok, thanks for the reply! That is pretty much what I figured.
 Quoting: Patrick Bateman


Anytime man. Im one of those who doesnt have a job with their degree. So I always enjoy a chance to talk shop.

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