Legal Expert: There is No Deadline to Choose Presidential Electors Before Jan. 20 Inauguration Date

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December 7, 2020
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“In 1876, they decided the election contest for Presidential electors less than 48 hours before inauguration day, which was in March back then. Any talk about “have to decide by December 8″ is not Constitutionally-rooted. What should matter more: an honest vote or a rushed vote?”...

Read about the 1876 election here....

Legal Expert: There is No Deadline to Choose Presidential Electors Before Jan. 20 Inauguration Date

The steal deniers are pushing another Big Lie.

By: Big League Politics, December 6, 2020:

As the truth of the election steal becomes more obvious, the fraud deniers are aggressively touting two days – the “safe harbor” deadline of Dec. 8 and the vote by the electors on Dec. 14 – as deadlines that prevent a proper investigation from taking place.

Former Kansas attorney general Phillip Kline, who now works as the Director for the Thomas More Society’s Amistad Project, is noting that there is only one Constitutional deadline that matters and it is the date of the inauguration:...

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Look What America Did in 1876 When The Presidential Election Was Similarly Contested, by Pamela Geller, December 6, 2020.

... On election day Tilden led Hayes by more than 260,000 votes and appeared on the verge of winning an electoral college majority, having swept much of the South; he also won the border states and several states in the northeast, including his home state of New York, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. However, three states were in doubt: Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, with 19 electoral votes among them....

The impasse continued into December, when the electors were to meet and cast their votes. When Congress convened on December 7, there were rival electoral reports, and, over the next six weeks, maneuvering and acrimony prevailed in Congress, and there were fears that another civil war might break out. On January 29, 1877, Congress created an Electoral Commission to break the deadlock. ...

While the commission was deliberating, Republican allies of Hayes engaged with moderate Southern Democrats in secret negotiations aimed at securing acquiescence to Hayes’s election. Although Bradley leaned toward Tilden’s claim in Florida, he was swayed to back Hayes, and thereafter every action by the Electoral Commission followed a strict 8–7 split in favour of the Republican claims. When the last issue was resolved after 4 am on March 2, Hayes was declared the winner, with a narrow 185–184 majority, and he was sworn in privately the following day (because March 4 was a Sunday, the public swearing in took place on March 5). Although the result was greeted with outrage and bitterness by some Northern Democrats, who dubbed Hayes “His Fraudulency,” Hayes was sworn in without incident. Southern Democrats, however, found relative contentment with the outcome, when, as president, Hayes promptly made good on the secret pledges made during the electoral dispute to withdraw federal troops from states still under military occupation and thus end the era of Reconstruction. Thereafter the Democrats came to dominate what became known as the “Solid South.”