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Americans Elect and the Electoral College

One big concern about third party candidates for president is that a modestly successful third party candidate could prevent any candidate from receiving a majority of electoral votes and push the election into the House. 

Christine Whitman, former Governor of New Jersey and a board member for Americans Elect, was on the Diane Rehm show on NPR today. She said that Americans Elect is determined to avoid this scenario. 

Unfortunately, I am not sure that they can. More than half the states require electors to vote for the candidate who won the popular vote in their state. In those states where this is not a requirement, the electors from Americans Elect could just pledge to vote for the candidate who receives a plurality of the vote nationally, or some other rule and avoid sending the election into the House, but they would not all be free to do that.

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