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Party-loyal Electors Could Change Their Votes, But It's Unlikely They Will

Chicago Tribune

Posted November 9, 2000
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...Assuming Bush takes Florida, his electoral vote total will be 271. A change of as few as two electors to Gore could turn the entire Electoral College result toward the Democratic camp. "It could happen, but it's not likely," says Hamilton College presidential scholar Richard Powell. He noted that no one even knows how to lobby the Electoral College, although he suspects there might be some pressure from the parties this time around, either to keep everyone in line or to persuade some electors to change their votes... "Some states have provisions that threaten to penalize electors who vote the wrong way, but there is serious question as to whether those rules would survive a constitutional challenge," Powell said.

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