DemDaily: The Closing Act

November 15, 2016

Between now and Inauguration Day on January 20th, a lot has to happen to ensure the smooth, peaceful and legal transition of power, both in the executive and legislative branches.

The Presidential
While the electoral and popular votes have been cast, the presidential election is not official until the final stages of the Electoral college process are complete.

Electoral College - Can it be Flipped?
The electoral college is a group of elected representatives, chosen by the voters, who pledge to cast their state's votes for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote margin within that state.

Electors are not required to vote the same way that their state voted, but in most states they face a fine or misdemeanor charge for voting against the will of their state. An elector who does this is called a "faithless" elector.

IF 37 of the current 538 electors were to switch their votes from Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton, then Clinton could take the presidency, but that is considered a long shot, at best.

Despite the odds, CREDO & Orgs Calling for Electors to Switch Votes

The last faithless elector was in 2004, when an elector from Minnesota wrote John Edwards' name instead of John Kerry on their Presidential ballot.

December 13, 2016
States must resolve in any controversies over their electors at least six days before the meeting of the Electors.

December 19, 2016
The Electors meet in each state and cast their vote for President and Vice President on separate ballots. These are then counted, and sent to Congress for acceptance of the official election results in the week following the swearing in of the new Congress January 3, 2017.

Rep-Elect Lisa Blunt Rochester(D), the first woman & African American to represent Delaware

Meanwhile, in Congress ..
New Members of Congress converged on Washington Monday for orientation. They will return for final instruction Nov 29-Dec 1.

November 14 - December 17 (tentative), 2016
A Lame Duck Session of Congress is a session held between the presidential election and Inauguration Day, when the president-elect is known, but not yet in office.

It would also normally be the last opportunity for President Obama to make appointments or exercise executive action to help cement his legacy. With the incoming Republican majority, however, issues including military and medical research funding, and the nomination of the next Supreme Court Justice are off the table until the 115th Congress -- when Republicans have control of the House, Senate and the White House, and the votes.

Instead, the extent of productivity during Lame Duck is likely to be limited to passage of a short-term "continuing resolution" on the budget, to continue funding of US Government beyond the December 9th deadline.

November 18 - 28, 2016
The 114th Congress will recess for Thanksgiving.

December 17, 2016
The 114th Congress adjourns for the final time.

January 3, 2017
Swearing in of the 115th Congress.

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