Readers had a lot to say about “Colorado Springs Match Teacher + Electoral College = Rebellion,” published Tuesday evening. The story is about Bob Nemanich, a 59-year-old local math teacher who is one of 538 members of the Electoral College. On Dec. 19, he and the other 537 electors are scheduled to cast their ballots for president as part of the formal process of electing Donald J. Trump.
But what if they don’t? What if they revolt? Already, some dissenting members of the Electoral College, dubbed “Hamilton’s Electors,” are looking for a way to come together and perhaps choose someone else. As Alexander Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers, “The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”
The framers designed the Electoral College as a fail-safe against direct democracy, which they did not trust.
Nemanich is one of the national electors weighing his options. State law says he has to write in Hillary Clinton’s name because she carried Colorado. But he’s spoken to a lawyer and he believes decisions by the U.S. Constitution afford him the ability to vote for whomever he wants, or to become what is known as a “faithless elector.”
We at The Indy want to keep this conversation going. Here is a sampling of readers’ observations about Nemanich’s struggle with how he might vote.
It takes a lot of courage for an individual to come forward asking questions and contemplating this role in history. I applaud him. — Russ Breakstone Crees
He needs to cast his vote for Clinton — she won our state and he is a Democrat. — Liz Hershberger
If this country does not reform the Electoral College system, why shouldn’t California BOLT? The people of Wyoming carry much more clout with their 3 electors (1 vote per 194,000 people) than the people of California do with their 53 electors (1 vote for every 705,000). With an amendment to the constitution, the number of electors could be adjusted for population disparities. What’s wrong with having one Congressional seat in each state for every 600,000 people? That would add roughly 100 seats in Congress. Nine or ten of those new seats would go to California. The threat of California, Oregon and Washington leaving the U.S. is reason enough for other states to take this proposal seriously. Oregon and Washington would each pick-up one or two seats in Congress if the same numbers proposed were plugged-in. It is time to get serious about this. — Pete Simon
He’s a smart guy. Hillary Clinton took Colorado so it’s clear. I’m sure he won’t change his vote to an “also ran”. — TJ Tom Hittle
I don’t want Clinton any more than I want Trump. — Carrie Peterson
Electoral system needs to be abolished… — John Andrusyk
Vote like you are supposed to, it is not your choice to make. If you can’t do that then remove yourself from the process. —Roy Forgy
Remember that we’re in a plutocracy already regardless of certain people poo pooing the Princeton study. — Roberta Richardson
Those who keep faith with Hamilton’s proposition that Electors ensure that “that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications,” cannot be called a “faithless” elector. They should be acknowledged as keeping a higher faith. — Jim Towle