Argument: Electors are not obligated to vote according to public will

Issue Report: US electoral college


  • “Making Votes Count; Abolish the Electoral College”. New York Times. August 29, 2004 – “The arcane rules governing the Electoral College have the potential to create havoc if things go wrong. Electors are not required to vote for the candidates they are pledged to, and if the vote is close in the Electoral College, a losing candidate might well be able to persuade a small number of electors to switch sides. Because there are an even number of electors — one for every senator and House member of the states, and three for the District of Columbia — the Electoral College vote can end in a tie. There are several plausible situations in which a 269-269 tie could occur this year.”