Washington (CNN) As survey margins get slimmer in between out of favor prospects and polarization continues to increase amongst the American electorate, could rogue electoral college citizens swing the election?
Theoretically, yes. It’s simply extremely, extremely not likely.
“There have actually been a variety of celebrations in the past where private electors have, in impact, discarded their vote,” Jack Rakove, a history and government teacher at Stanford University, informed CNN‘s Michael Smerconish Saturday.
Since no circumstances of this in current history has actually impacted the last result of an election, individuals do not generally take notification, Rakove stated.
But, Rakove stated, “If some sort of crisis occurred where some group of electors felt that they needed to act individually and exercise exactly what they believed was their constitutional authority under Article II of the Constitution, then we ‘d remain in a genuinely intriguing scenario.”
The electoral college includes 538 electors who each elect president and vice president on December 19. A prospect needs to have 270 votes to win the bulk, and although many states bind their electoral college votes to their popular vote, not all do.
But that does not indicate one need to be anticipating any constitutional crises come December.
“The opportunities of this taking place are– I’ll swear on a stack of Bibles– in the slim to no variety,” Rakove stated.