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A response to Erich Reimer--a Republican Electoral College Elector

Submitted by Robin Messing on Fri, 12/16/2016 - 6:15am

Erich Reimer, a Republican Electoral Colleg Elector from Virginia wrote an article for The Hill arguing that Electors MUST vote in accordance with their states' popular votes, otherwise they invite anarchy. Read his column now before continuing on with my response.

Reimer wrote:

To suddenly so abruptly shock the citizenry by dramatically changing the institution at this juncture would also set a disastrous precedent in the future where peaceful and orderly transitions of power may be seen as more and more challengeable.

Furthermore, such chaos in the Electoral College threatens its existence in the future.


There is a key assumption behind this statement. Indeed, this key assumption forms the foundation for Reimer's entire argument. Take away this assumption and the Reimer's entire argument collapses.  I will reveal that assumption in a second. But first I must pose a few questions.

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