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Texas Matters: Can The Electoral College Be Trumped?

Nov 13, 2016

Donald Trump has not been elected president yet. What voters did on November 8th was pick the Electoral College who will vote for president on Dec 19th. 

Presently Democrat Hillary Clinton managed to capture only 228 electoral votes from the election. Republican Donald Trump won 290. It takes 270 votes to win the presidency. However, Clinton won the popular vote by almost two million. This is the second time in 16 years that the people's choice was snubbed and the winner of an archaic system is given the keys to the White House (Bush v. Gore.)

Some are calling for an electoral college revolt to change the outcome of the election. There is some history that could support a electoral vote revolution but it seems beyond the reach of rational hope.

Gary Bugh is a professor of political science at Texas A&M-Texarkana and is the author of the book “Electoral College Reform: Challenges and Possibilities.”