We Should Follow the Constitution When Electing Our President

- THE EPOCH TIMES - 22 Dec, 2020 -

Phill Kline -

The signature of George Washington is seen on a letter he wrote regarding the United States' constitution. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The United States Constitution is the highest law in the land. It should be respected as we select our president.

The Constitution assigns state legislatures the role of directing the manner of appointing each state’s presidential electors, and stipulates that the president’s term expires at noon on Jan. 20 of the year following a presidential election. Most of the remaining details are filled in by federal law, which Congress rarely changes in a permanent way, but routinely tweaks in response to extenuating circumstances.

The date on which electoral votes are tallied by Congress, for instance, is regularly moved by a few days in either direction for various reasons. This doesn’t pose a problem, because the only deadline set by the Constitution comes two full weeks after the statutory date for counting the votes, which is Jan. 6.

The 2020 presidential election created extenuating circumstances on a scale not seen since 1876, when several states sent competing slates of electors. Congress responded to that challenge by overhauling the entire process, and there’s a strong case to be made that the most recent election merits a similar response.

The Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society, an election integrity watchdog, has filed litigation in numerous swing states and the District of Columbia detailing rampant irregularities and extensive violations of state election law. Moreover, this election witnessed an unprecedented infusion of private monies, more than $400 million, dictating to local election officials the manner in which they were to conduct the election, often contrary to state law.



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