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Electors Set Free

Chip Franklin

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A U.S. appeals court has ruling will free members of the Electoral College to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice, and will no longer be legally bound by the popular vote in their respective states.

The decision by 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals effectively curtails the power of the controversial Electoral College, created over 250 years ago to help southern states use slaves as leverage against the north. The last two Republican presidents lost the popular vote and took power because of the electors, and the College is now under attack by Democrats and anyone else who thought elections were about who gets the most votes.

The Circuit Court ruling applies only to the six states in the 10th, but there is speculation that this decision could have a wider effect once Americans wake the fuck up and see that they aren’t voting for Presidents, but electors whose names you are never likely to know.

But the Electoral College system is a part established in the Constitution, which means that whatever means are employed by those opposing it’s use as worded, it cannot be discarded without amending the constitution itself, an unlikely prospect.

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. Chip is also an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and scribe, garnering seven Edward R Murrow awards, including the National Murrow award for writing. He’s also won The New York Festival honors for his unconventional coverage of The Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as more than 30 AP awards for broadcasting. Chip has made numerous appearances on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and CNN.

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