The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President . . . .
The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed
Dear reader, I hope that you are smarter than I am, because it took the longest time for me to realize that the ‘cash value’ of these provisions is that the name on the ballot does not matter. The only thing that matters is whom the electors connected with that name on the ballot vote for in the electoral college.
According to the Secretary of State for the State of Washington, six ‘minor’ parties qualified to have their presidential nominee on the ballot and “[a]ll parties submitted a full list of electors.”
Although I admit that what I am about to say may indulge in an excess of hyperbole, a conscientious voter need have no qualms voting for any candidate whose electors have committed to voting in the electoral college for a liberty-oriented, constitutional, righteous president, even if the voter appears to be voting for Lucifer and Beelzebub.
You may have concerns about the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee. I know I do. You may have concerns about the Constitution Party’s presidential nominee. I know I do.
If all of the electors identified by the party of one of these nominees commit to voting in the electoral college for a liberty-oriented, constitutional, righteous president and vice-president, then I would have no qualms with voting for the name on the ballot that is connected to those electors who would vote in the electoral college for a liberty-oriented, constitutional, righteous president and vice-president. I would suggest that you should have no qualms in doing so either.
The above discussion ignores two other audiences. This article is not addressed to those who are so afraid of what President Obama might possibly do in a second term that they vote against President Obama, rather than for a liberty-oriented, constitutional, righteous president and vice-president. [NB: A second term for President Obama would essentially be a fourth term for the policies and programs of the Bush Administration.] The audience of those who are frightened by the prospect of a second term of Obama deserve a detailed response that addresses their concerns. They can find that somewhere else.
The above discussion also ignores another audience – those who are so committed to Ron Paul that they are going to write him in on their ballot.
Dear reader, if you are one of these people, would you please explain to me how a write-in vote for Ron Paul could possibly end up with any electors for him in the electoral college? Unlike the ‘major’ parties and the ‘minor’ parties, Ron Paul has no electors! In the State of Washington, at any rate, the Elections Division does not have a list of electors that would be able to vote in the electoral college if Ron Paul won the State of Washington. Indeed, if every voter in the State of Washington voted for Ron Paul, he would receive no electors. Because a write-in vote for Ron Paul does not give you even a hypothetical path to any electors, a write-in vote for Ron Paul is quite literally a wasted vote, since it could not possibly produce a single elector, even in the wildest theory. For this reason, writing anybody in on the ballot for President should be our last resort, after we have exhausted every other option. (Even then, I believe that I personally would probably just leave my vote for that office blank.)
Simply stated, even if it is too late to change the names on the ballot, all hope is not lost if we focus on the electors (especially for the minor parties).
While a window of opportunity remains open, those with available time and resources should consider investigating and pursuing this approach. The upcoming election may be the last opportunity to elect a liberty-oriented, constitutional, righteous president and vice-president. Let us not throw away this opportunity.