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Could Voters Without Faith Flip The Presidential Elections For Trump?

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With President Donald Trump‘s continued refusal to concede the presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden, some observers have seen Trump’s only way to overturn the certified election results and remain in power is by changing the rules for the U.S. Electoral College. Whether a plan like that could work would depend on how many state-appointed representatives to the Electoral College became “faithless electors,” changing their vote midstream and casting their electoral ballots for Trump.

The U.S. employs an electoral college system in order to officially declare the winner of a presidential election. The number of electors a state can allocate to a candidate must reflect that state’s number of senators and representatives. Because each state must elect 2 Senators and have at least one Congressional district, every state must have at least 3 electoral votes. In total, there are 538 electoral votes presidential candidates must vie for.

In order to win the Electoral College, a candidate must receive at least 270 electoral votes. According to projections by the Associated Press, Biden is expected to receive 306 electoral votes, more than is required to be formally declared president. Trump is projected to receive 232 votes in the Electoral College. However, if some electors change their minds and decide to vote for Trump, that number could be altered.

According to the political website FairVote, 17 states do not have laws in place that require electors to cast their ballots for the pledged candidate. Biden is the projected victor in 7 of those states.

President-elect Joe Biden is projected to receive 306 electoral votes, more than enough for the Electoral College to officially declare Biden the U.S. president.
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“We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors, just as we have said throughout this election,” read the November statement.

GOP lawmakers in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have also stated they would not move to change the electors in their states.

Members of the GOP have filed lawsuits in Michigan attempting to claim widespread voter fraud. In litigation filed Monday, attorney Sidney Powell asked that the state’s election tallies be decertified due to “hundreds and thousands of illegal, ineligible, duplicate or purely fictitious ballots in the State of Michigan, that constitute a multiple of Biden’s purported lead in the State.”

According to the Associated Press, Biden received 50.6 percent of the vote in Michigan while Trump received 47.8 percent. Michigan has 16 electoral votes.

Rumors that Trump would attempt to place GOP-friendly electors into states where Biden is expected to receive the full electoral vote are unsubstantiated.

Newsweek reached out to President-elect Biden’s transition team for comment.

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