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Election Myth: Electoral College Electors Would Vote Against a Third Party Candidate Like Jo Jorgensen

Election Myth: Electoral College Electors Would Vote Against a Third Party Candidate Like Jo Jorgensen

A common misconception that seems to come up often is that the electoral college itself, if not specifically unfaithful electors, would prevent a third-party candidate like Jo Jorgensen to take the winner take all type of system we have in many states from being elected. That argument sounds like a logical statement. If you assume, there is some mysterious smokey room where a group of people receives the popular vote results, then argue amongst themselves how they should vote. 

Yes, each state does submit itself its slate of electors that cast the actual vote for president of the united states. The critical topic of this discussion is how exactly is the elector college chosen in each state.

Each state has its process for submitting the slate of electors, which we then cast our votes for in the general election. 

To simplify, let us look at the three candidates in the 2020 election that will be on the ballot in all 50 states Jo Jorgensen the Libertarian Party candidate, Joe Biden, and Donald Trump. Each of the official parties states affiliates submits a slate of electors usually chosen by the party itself in that state, with the ballot access signatures and petitions process. 

So I have to ask you why the slate of electors chosen by the political party of each candidate be unfaithful to their candidate would?

I have seen several arguments against the Jo Jorgensen for president campaign that the electoral college merely wouldn't vote for her, that is a patently false statement. 

To evaluate further, let us look at the state's breakdown for exactly how the electors were chosen during the 2016 election as some process may have varied slightly or are still in place due to extenuating circumstances in the united states this year. 

Typical Electoral College Member Qualifications:

  • membership in the party
  • a pledge to vote for the party's presidential slate
  • be a currently registered voter in their state

In 2016 33 states chose their electors by state party conventions. Every political party in the country has a meeting and selects who the electors will be. 

7 states, as well as the District of Columbia, use a state party committee to choose which electors will represent each party. In these states, the elected executive committee of each state party affiliate is responsible for appointing the electors for their party. 

The remaining ten states have their specific processes ranging from the state party chair. The nominees for House or Senate in the current elections may be responsible for selecting the electors. 

Either way, this is a long way to say that unfaithful electors should not be of significant concern as long as the people running the party at the state level are acting in good faith when selecting the representatives.