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Staying Faithful

Damn it. Unlike the last two elections, there appear to not have been any faithless electors at all in the Presidential Election (the real one) that happened yesterday.

It’s official: Barack Obama elected 44th president
(AP on Yahoo, 15 Dec 2008)

Monday’s voting was largely ceremonial, the results preordained by Obama’s Nov. 4 victory over Republican Sen. John McCain. Obama won 365 electoral votes, to 173 for McCain. With every state reporting, all the electors had cast ballots in accordance with the popular votes in their states.

(via MyDD)

Of course the headline isn’t actually correct. It will not be official until the results are reported to congress and certified by congress in January.

I continue to hold out hope that one election, the right series of events will occur such that the electoral college will actually be able to act as a proper deliberative body, with each member of the college making an independent decision on who to vote for, rather than feeling bound by the results of the general election where THEY were elected, not a President. I also want to see electors running on their own merits and under their own name rather than by being pledged to some candidate or another.

Somehow, I don’t think I’ll ever see that, but I can still hope.