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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 10:16 AM

3. Faulty premise: Republican legislatures cannot appoint alternate slates of electors

You keep posting this Evidence-free nonsense, so I will keep posting evidence based refutations:

Yes, the Constitution states that the legislatures determine how electors are appointed; federal law gives the final say to the governor, because the legislatures in the states have directed that electors be determined by the winner of the popular vote in that state.

Letís take PA; the legislature passed a law into the Election Code stating the electors are appointed by the governor in accordance with the winner of the popular vote, as certified by the Secretary of State. To change this, the legislature would have to amend the election code, which...requires the signature of the governor.

So...the panicked, nightmare scenario where the GOP legislature overrules the will of the people is not going to happen.

But donít take my word for it; how about Laurence Tribe, one of nationís top constitutional experts, quoting existing law and prior court rulings, including from SCOTUS:

http://www.dorfonlaw.org/2020/09/state-legislatures-cannot-act-alone-in.html

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e70e52c7c72720ed714313f/t/5f625c790cef066e940ea42d/1600281722253/State_Legislature_Paper.pdf

https://verdict.justia.com/2020/09/30/no-republicans-cannot-throw-the-presidential-election-into-the-house-so-that-trump-wins

And some other experts, who also support their assertions with existing law and legal precedents:

https://www.electoral-vote.com/evp2020/Pres/Maps/Sep25.html#item-2

The only way Trump can retain power is through extra-legal, perhaps violent means, such as using armed federal agents to seize uncounted ballots or otherwise disrupt the initial counting of votes. This would require the complicity and cooperation of hundreds, if not thousands of federal agents, acting in multiple states, and risking incarceration and possible death from being shot by state police defending vote tallying sites. It would also result in millions of protestors in the streets, and the total collapse of the stock market and the economy.

I donít know what your agenda is repeatedly posting these panicked conspiracy theories; yes Trump will attempt to disrupt and distract the vote counting process, but the evidence shows that the theories on how he can ďstealĒ the election just donít hold water.

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