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(The Hill)   Supreme Court rules in favor of states setting their own election rules   (thehill.com) divider line
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2020-08-13 5:10:29 PM  
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I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Given how un-democratic and corrupt some states are, I don't see how this is universally spiffy.


Georgia is going to run its own election, with voter suppression and blackjack and hookers!
 
2020-08-13 5:40:29 PM  
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Mouser: I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Given how un-democratic and corrupt some states are, I don't see how this is universally spiffy.

Thanks to the federal nature of our government, states have amazing leeway when it comes to elections.  Constitutionally speaking, there's actually no requirement for a Presidential election at all.  The President is chosen by the Electoral College, and the Electors who make up the college are chosen by the governments of the various states.  It's customary for a state to hold a popular vote to decide which party's slate of Electors gets sent forward to the College, but it isn't actually required.  Under the Constitution, a state government, acting on behalf of the public who elected it, could just decide to choose a slate of electors for itself.  (This is what happened in Florida in 2000, which is why George W. Bush became President instead of Al Gore.)


That isn't what happened.  The Republican-held legislature threatened to do it.  Even did victory laps about how we were all peons who deserved no say in the election and they, as the plantation owners, would decide.  But SCOTUS made the point moot by stopping the recount before Gore could get a lead.  The Florida electors were chosen based on that election result.  But the legislature did not pick them (though I am pretty sure the Florida legislature would have appointed Bush's electors if Gore had won the recount).

/God that was a shiatshow
//The capitol building and the FLSCOTUS building are separated by a secondary arterial.
///Every damn morning news reporters would try to stand themselves right sprang in the middle of said street as morning rush reached its peak.
////God, I came damn close to icing some news crews on general principle.
//It was such a shiatshow I used five slashies. Fark you, fight me.
 
2020-08-13 5:23:50 PM  
1 vote:
I foresee with the push towards universal mail ballot that the dems might start kissing union butts again.  Well maybe just the APWU
 
2020-08-13 12:54:09 PM  
1 vote:
Given how un-democratic and corrupt some states are, I don't see how this is universally spiffy.
 
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