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Election Day

What happened the last time we had a Faithless Elector

December 9, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

With another report of an Electoral College member ready to switch votes, it’s time to look back to the 2004 election, when Congress had to deal with two last-second challenges as the final presidential votes were counted in the House’s chambers.

What happens to a vote-switching Elector on December 19?

December 2, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

There is a distinct possibility that at least one Electoral College member will switch votes on December 19. So what happens to an Elector when a person doesn't vote for their pledged candidate and to the election in general?

Podcast: Should we abolish the Electoral College?

December 1, 2016 By NCC Staff

Alex Keyssar of Harvard University and James Ceaser of the University of Virginia explore the history and purpose of the Electoral College.

Explaining President Obama’s outgoing pardon powers

November 16, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

A big question looming over Barack Obama’s remaining term is how will he use his pardon power? Often, in their final months in office, outgoing Presidents have made some high-profile pardon decisions.

Past as prologue:  When the GOP takes over the White House

November 16, 2016 By NCC Staff

In the past century, five Republican presidential candidates have taken back the White House after it had been occupied by a Democrat for at least two consecutive terms. Last week, Donald Trump became the latest GOP candidate to lead a successful campaign in such a manner.

Don't expect Electoral College drama on December 19

November 15, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

Despite a popular petition on the website about how the nation’s 538 electors should vote on December 19, there seems to be little chance of the tactic changing the recent presidential election’s outcome.

Close election causes another Electoral College debate

November 12, 2016 By Scott Bomboy

Another presidential election is in the books and a new President will be inaugurated in January. But to some voters, the constitutional process under the Electoral College remains in question.

Trump goes over Electoral College margin

November 9, 2016 By NCC Staff

Donald Trump has won the majority needed in the Electoral College to become the next President of the United States, based on projections of the electoral college vote in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Pollsters’ Trump mistake takes its place in history

November 9, 2016 By NCC Staff

Donald Trump’s convincing victory in Tuesday’s election is the latest black eye for pollsters who undertake the perilous job of forecasting presidential winners.

Ballot initiatives around the country

November 7, 2016 By NCC Staff

The presidential and political office elections aren’t the only big deal on Tuesday. There are plenty of state ballot initiatives that could change life for many Americans.

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