Saturday, 24 December, 2016

American people want to delay final vote, YouGov survey shows

By M.H.B, Editorial Board

The Electoral College is scheduled to announce its final decision on December 19 by which 54th president of the United States will be determined. But many Americans are set to ask the college to procrastinate such a decision before the verification of alleged claim of Russian assistance in the United States’ recent elections. However, such a claim has been repeatedly rejected by Russian officials.

The survey, conducted by YouGov, found that 52 percent of voters favored the vote to be delayed. Also 46 percent of respondents were supportive of “faithless electors,” those members of the Electoral College who break with voters in their home state and vote for a different candidate.

The 538 electors will convene at governors’ offices and state capitols across the US on Monday to officially elect Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.

FBI Director James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. are in agreement with a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the White House, as President Obama issued a public warning to Moscow that it could face retaliation.

The Electoral College process consists of the selection of the electors, the meeting of the electors where they vote for President and Vice President, and the counting of the electoral votes by Congress.

The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. Your state’s entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for your Senators. Read more about the allocation of electoral votes.



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